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The spread of the black death.


Poland, tell us your secret.

Poland is the old new Madagascar. 

If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there. 

Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.

Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it. 

I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.

Damn Italy, you scary.

Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”

Milan:Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”

Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.

Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world. 


When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did.

Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge!

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Bob the Maid

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You will need (for two):

  • 8 slices toast bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • fresh raspberries, 
  • fresh blueberries
  • Nutella
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 50g butter for frying
  • custard sugar
  • maple syrup
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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

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Don’t waste your time looking back at what you’ve lost. Move on, life is not meant to be traveled backwards.

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How To Meet People

Are you sick and tired of being dateless? Do you sit at home week after week while your friends are out on dates? Are you surrounded by people in relationships? It’s time to get out there and meet someone for yourself! Here are 10 tips on how to meet people:


1.    Get out. You will never meet anyone if you sit at home alone. No one is coming to knock on your door to meet you. You need to get out of the house and surround yourself with other human beings if you ever hope to meet someone.

2.    Practice makes perfect. If you’re shy it can seem daunting to start chatting up strangers and trying to meet someone, let alone asking someone out. Start practicing your social skills by talking to everyone. The cashier while you’re shopping, the bus driver, the lady in line behind you at the store, etc. If you make a habit of engaging strangers in conversation in low-pressure situations, you’ll get used to doing it and be a pro at it by the time you want to talk to someone that you want to meet.

3.    Reach out. Let your friends and acquaintances know that you’re ready to meet someone. Ask them to set you up. They know you well so they can pair you with other people that they think you’ll be a good match with.

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