Today's story of real life imitating Gothic stories comes from the American upper midwest. It concerns the outbreak of a nasty illness among slaughterhouse workers, and involves a lot of horror. ABC News leads off with the title: "Toxic 'Pig Brain Mist'".
The pig-killing process involves blasting pig brains into the workshop's air, which might bear illnesses into the lungs of workers inhaling that miasma.
[S]ome scientists suspect inhaled airborne brain matter may have somehow triggered the illnesses.
The tale features many chilling passages, such as this ominous silence:
Quality Pork has not said what it does with the pork brains.
Or this difficult-to-say-out-loud phrase:
Kruse, whose job was to remove meat from the back of the animals' heads, said she doesn't recall any spray or mist from the de-braining...
(via squid-prone Pharyngula)