A fascinating look at a forgotten disease from the 1830s. It was called Sarner's Disease, and it's a documentary that first aired on April 1st, 1996 on the program Ideas.
Okay, so it was all a joke- an April Fool's joke that first aired on the program Ideas on April the 1st, 1996.
The show received many calls and emails the day after the fake documentary aired. One of the emails began "Thanks, you bastards." The Globe and Mail was in on this hoax. The documentary's creator, Barbara Nichol, requested that they review her documentary beforehand and give it a serious write up, which they did. Nichol also said she received lots of "fist-shaking" from friends and neighbours who were not keen on the joke.
Well, in any case the program was anything if not beautifully produced and presented- even if not a bit of it was true.