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Bubonic Plague Facts

In the 1300s, the Black Death (bubonic plague), possibly history’s greatest demographic catastrophe, killed between 30 to 60 percent of the earth’s white population within a few short years.

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Animation showing the spread of the Black Death from 1346 through 1351. (Photo: TimeMaps/Wikimedia Commons)

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Ring Around The Rosie. This rhyme dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665. The symptoms of bubonic plague included a rosy red ring-shaped rash, which inspired the first line. It was believed that the disease was carried by bad smells, so people frequently carried pockets full of fresh herbs, or "posies." The "ashes, ashes" line is believed to refer to the cremation of the bodies of those who died from the plague.

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10% of Europeans are immune to HIV - WTF fun fact

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