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.
WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL
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!
Anonymous asked you:
I apologize if i missed this or did not go back far enough to find it, but do you have anything on wands? I want to implement wands or something similar in my story, and I don’t know how to prevent them from being Harry Potter rip offs.
WHAT ARE WANDS?
- A wand is a thin, long object that is used to channel magic or to direct energy.
- This definition can be modified to fit your world.
- Wands can also be used for spiritual purposes rather than magical.
There are three major parts of a wand (what it does, what it looks like, and how it works) that make up its definition within your world.
WHAT THEY DO
All wands share the common aspect of channeling magic. How much magic is channeled and what it does for magic is up to you. Here are some examples of what wands can be used for:
Channel Magic: In Harry Potter, wands are used because it’s the only way witches and wizards can use their magic in large and controlled quantities (with a few exceptions). You can still use this rule without making it a Harry Potter rip-off. You’ll just have to make other parts of the wand different.
Enhance Magic: A wand can be used to enhance the quantity or quality (or both) of magic. This can be helpful for those who aren’t as skilled or as powerful as others.
Control Magic: A wand can be used to control magic if wandless magic is unruly or if an individual has trouble with wandless magic. They can be used as a safety or for direction. Wands used for control can either be training wheels or they can be reserved for more powerful and skilled users. Or for something else. It’s up to you and the rules of your universe.
Use Other Magic: Perhaps certain types of magic are only accessible through wands or other means.
Change Magic: The idea that certain types of materials and symbols bring forth certain skills is nothing new and is not limited to Harry Potter. Certain types of wands can be used to make certain types of magic more powerful or even less powerful, or they can be used to warp how magic works. It’s your choice.
Could Emilie de Ravin play a genderbent Chris Evans?
Yes, I think it can work.
For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.
This is not your destruction.
This is your birth.
Hi there! Sorry to bother you but do you know of any male FCs with albinism? More specifically, around the high school to college range please? And I understand if you can't find any, it's difficult, but I appreciate your help anyway!
I didn’t find much, so I’ll also suggest some FCs who has light skin, hair, and eyes. I’m sorry.
People with albinism:
People with light skin, (or dyed) hair, and eyes:
It’s not much, but I hope that helps~
hi there! i'm looking for a male-version of vanessa hudgens, it's for a gender swap. Any ideas? thanks you anyway. (:
Jon Avila (28) is of Irish and Filipino descent, much like Vanessa Hudgens. Other suggestions:
Hope you find one you like~
any FC fo Po from Kung Fu Panda
The only one I can find is Lam Chi-Chung. But definitely him.
Can you do a gif hunt directory of Emma Roberts?
Hi. I'm writing a story about a character who is a tattoo artist and was wondering if you could direct me to any resources about tattoos: their history, the art of tattooing. Anything along those lines. Thank you.
What’s the time period? What’s the setting? These are very important questions as the history and art of tattoos heavily rely on both of them. Thus, most of the links I can give are going to be very generalized, though I might focus a bit more on the history of tattoos in the Philippines… mainly because I’m in the middle of researching about that country. Please note that the “Iceman” mentioned in several articles below is not the oldest example of human tattooing. Also note that Captain James Cook did not bring tattoos to the West. The articles remain linked mainly for the other facts.
Ink and Methods
I’m really sorry for taking so long. I hope that helps!
The first transparent 3D-printed skull has been successfully implanted.
Three months ago, surgeons in Holland implanted a transparent plastic skull in a woman whose skull has never stopped growing. Incredibly, the rare bone disease that was wrecking her vision and destroying her life has been been bested by a simple 3D printer. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, expect her new skull to last indefinitely, opening up new vistas for cranial transformation.
Read the entire article here.