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Plague

1894: Two Scientists Discovered The Bacteria That Cause...

August 25, 2020

Man being injected by doctor during an outbreak of bubonic plague in Karachi, India. Photograph, 1897. (Wellcome Collection/Wkimedia Commons) By 1894, the bub...

Wine Windows Used During The Black Plague Have Reopened...

August 17, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the globe, people are finding new ways to connect and, more importantly, new ways to drink. In Florence, Italy, ...

1439: Kissing Is Banned In England In Response To The B...

July 16, 2020

(National Gallery/Wikimedia Commons) Here ye, here ye: No more smoochies! That's what Henry VI proclaimed on July 16, 1439, not because he was a romance-hatin...

San Francisco's 1904 Black Plague Scare (And How It Was...

May 14, 2020

South tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia Commons) The bubonic plague is one of the most catastrophic diseases to ev...

Eyam's Quarantine: The Real Village Of The Damned Who S...

April 17, 2020

During the 14th century, the bubonic plague wiped out an estimated 50 million people, ripping them away from their families in a matter of weeks. The fatalit...

Positives Of The Black Plague: Power In Society Was Giv...

April 16, 2020

The explosion of the Black Death in the 14th century completely devastated the Earth's population. Between 75 million and 200 million people died, eliminating 30–...

Death Ships: Everything About The Ships That Brought Th...

April 15, 2020

Pandemics don't just appear out of thin air. That's why social distancing is so important: The further we stay away from other people, the lower the chance w...

Cultural PTSD: How Societal Trauma Drastically Changed ...

April 14, 2020

Every generation has its defining moments. It can be war, famine, illness, or a combination of these things that shocks a group of people and drastically changes ...

Positives Of The Black Plague: Labor Shortages Empowere...

April 13, 2020

The Black Death—the great waves of the bubonic plague that swept across Europe in the Middle Ages—killed more than one-third of the population, profoundly ch...

How Every Pandemic In Human History Has Been Exactly Th...

April 11, 2020

From the Black Plague to the flu of 1918, global pandemics have been affecting the vast population Earth for thousands of years. This kind of global threat is a b...

How We Tried To Contain Major Pandemics Throughout Reco...

April 10, 2020

A nurse checking on a patient at the Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward during the influenza pandemic, Washington, D.C., circa 1918. (Harris & Ewing/Underwood Archiv...

This Is How The Church Handled Easter During The Plague

April 9, 2020

Easter is one of those times when people who don't normally attend church services fill the pews, but in the time of a pandemic like COVID-19, this kind of gathering...

The History Of Quarantine: How Individual Actions Stopp...

April 6, 2020

With many cities, states, and even countries issuing "stay at home" orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, now might be a good time to look back through history a...

Plague Masks: A Brief History Of The Strangest Medical ...

April 5, 2020

As if the Black Plague—the terrible pandemic of bubonic plague that decimated medieval Europe—wasn't terrifying enough all by itself, the "doctor" who showed...

Mysophobia: History Of The Fear Of Germs, Washing Hands...

April 4, 2020

A paramedic wears a protective mask and complete sterile dressing to avoid contact with COVID-19. (Photo by Olivier Matthys/Getty Images) "Mysophobia" is a mo...

"God Bless You" Sneeze Response: A Pope, A Plague, And ...

February 16, 2020

1950s woman preparing for a sneeze. (Photo by Debrocke/ClassicStock/Getty Images) With the common cold, the flu, coronavirus, and goodness knows what else run...

The Elizabethan Era's Most Horrifying And Disgusting Re...

November 17, 2019

The Elizabethan era began on November 17, 1558, when Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne. The era is remembered as a time of beautiful clothing, luxurious h...