A new virus has beset the world, and is threatening to become the most infectuous disease the world has ever seen.
Notable symptoms?

None Whatsoever!

This makes it extremely difficult to diagnose.

It does not cause hair loss, tooth decay, or headache.
It is not extremely dangerous for pregnant mothers or in vitro embryos.
It is not exacerbated by excessive use of alcohol, opiates or other drugs.
People who operate heavy machinery are asked to continue doing their jobs!
It does not cause excessive phlegm, involuntary bowel movements or fly-away hair.

There has been one remedy proposed by an eager Puzzling Stack Exchange student (whom nobody trusts) which offers a beacon of light in this dark, tumultuous time in medical history.

Can you guess what they suggested as a cure?


The respondent is from Australia


As everyone knows, "Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them."


Let's not be negative, gamers! This is fodder from a classic movie, not a witch hunt!

  • $\begingroup$ I meant no disparagement to Aussies... it's just a clue to the answer. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '16 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ Considering removing my question as... um... Racist? Offensive? HateMongery? Considered and decided against. It's just a thing. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '16 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ For those who might not have figured it out, the quotation in the hint is from The Princess Bride. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jun 6 '16 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure this has nothing at all to do with the puzzle as intended, but it reminds me strongly of this lesswrong.com/lw/pn/zombies_the_movie in order to appreciate which you need to know about "philosophical zombies": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie . $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 6 '16 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ -1 based on the accepted answer. The only way you could possibly infer the answer is based on the "Also" section of the hint. Even then, why would anyone consider a SPOILER (hover to reveal) as a cure for any kind of illness? $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jun 6 '16 at 20:10

I think he suggested



Vizzini: [...] Iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them.

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Australians are quite lazy as well...

So I propose


If there are no symptoms, everyone seems to have it, so we don't need a cure.

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I think the Australian suggested that they:


Knowing that there was no need to do anything, he reverse psychologised them into calming down and getting on with whatever they were doing.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry... trying to assess the new config of "reverse psychologized"... is it really a word? I'm going to try to use it in a sentence once a day for the next 426 days. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '16 at 11:09
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    $\begingroup$ Reverse is a word. Psychologised is a word. You should at least get away with hyphenating! :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 6 '16 at 11:11

The remedy could be:

Water the plants with water (yes! the same from the toilet)

Seems you listed the properties of:

Brawndo the drink from "Idiocracy". So far it has no bad effects on humans, but it is still a blight (because used to water the plants, causing all vegetables to die because of electrolites) at all effects and you mentioned a classic movie so..

Still in doubt where Australia comes into play in this riddle..

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    $\begingroup$ Not inherently Australian, but I like the reference to Idiocracy! $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '16 at 14:54

Maybe he told them all to

engage in as much bad hygiene and physical contact as possible? So that they would all start minimising human contact and keeping everything disinfected and hygienic? (a good strategy for any infectious disease if you can convince people to get on board)

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