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(Yahoo)   Diggers might have found a lost burial site under London that contains bodies of some 50,000 people who were killed by the "Black Death" plague more than 650 years ago while excavating a massive new rail project. Let's hope they didn't wake them   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 48
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2013-03-15 10:08:00 AM
I think I've seen this movie
 
2013-03-15 10:09:26 AM
Rest easy, The Aldermen, by order of the Midnight Mayor, have already seen to it that this will not happen
 
2013-03-15 10:09:48 AM
They had a massive rail project more than 650 years ago?  o_O
 
2013-03-15 10:10:01 AM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: I think I've seen this movie


It got 2 stars and was thus eligible to be streamed on Netflix.

/hates netflix streaming.
//farking jerks
 
2013-03-15 10:10:45 AM
What I learned from that headline: 650 years ago 50,000 people died while excavating a massive rail project. I didn't know they even had trains back then.
 
2013-03-15 10:11:20 AM
obviously this project is an Illuminati operation meant to unleash bubonic plague on the world again and kill half the population
 
2013-03-15 10:11:58 AM

Bravo Two: It got 2 stars and was thus eligible to be streamed on Netflix.


I don't even think it was that good, I think it was on there for maybe a month but now its free on Crackle.

/doesn't mind netflix since I don't have cable anymore
 
2013-03-15 10:12:16 AM

Sneakytoes: They had a massive rail project more than 650 years ago?  o_O


Dammit that's what I came in to say
 
2013-03-15 10:14:38 AM
Just don't call them "diggers" to their faces.
 
2013-03-15 10:18:05 AM

BunkoSquad: Sneakytoes: They had a massive rail project more than 650 years ago?  o_O

Dammit that's what I came in to say


Dammit, me too
 
2013-03-15 10:19:02 AM

squibbits: Just don't call them "diggers" to their faces.


Attractive and successful excavation engineers?
 
2013-03-15 10:19:07 AM

Sneakytoes: They had a massive rail project more than 650 years ago?  o_O


Well, to be honest it wasn't a massive  railroadproject, it was a massive  railproject. There's just a bit lost in the translation here. You see, back then you had big issues with transporting goods. Now another thousand years or so before this you had the Roman roads but by the time of the plague a lot of that infrastructure has been re-purposed into building hovels and fences. The rail project was supposed to provide a transportation system in which things could be suspended from a series of rails and then towed along easily by a donkey or Welshman. Sadly, when a third of the population perished the need to ship goods about the country became secondary in importance and the project faded into the mists of history.
 
2013-03-15 10:30:52 AM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-03-15 10:32:27 AM
Did they find any unexploded WW II German terror weapons?
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-15 10:39:41 AM
So a bunch of Diggers are threatening everyone with Black Death?
 
2013-03-15 10:41:08 AM
I wonder how many weren't dead yet?
 
2013-03-15 10:41:39 AM
No plague era woodcuts?
 
2013-03-15 10:42:28 AM
Wow, 50,000 people died of the Black Death 650 years ago while excavating a massive new rail project? I thought the 27,500 who died of Malaria and Yellow Fever digging the Panama canal was bad.
 
2013-03-15 10:42:31 AM
Let's hope they aren't contagious.  :-0
 
2013-03-15 10:44:32 AM
Well, at least it's not a dragon.


/better not be obscure
 
2013-03-15 11:02:43 AM
img262.imageshack.us
 
2013-03-15 11:02:49 AM
Drop the bodies on the middle east....it will help their numbers dwindle....
 
2013-03-15 11:10:29 AM

ObscureNameHere: So a bunch of Diggers are threatening everyone with Black Death?


Digger, please.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:41 AM
So how long can plague stay on a dead body? Just wondering...
 
2013-03-15 11:27:10 AM
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2013-03-15 12:05:06 PM
So... mass grave from plague victims buried underground for centuries.. unknown amount of groundwater and organic matter having been through there in the meanwhile..

How are the Diggers feeling?  Anyone under the weather at the moment?  Any rose colored rings showing up..?
 
2013-03-15 12:27:40 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Did they find any unexploded WW II German terror weapons?
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First thing I thought of. Get out of my head! :-D
 
2013-03-15 12:31:06 PM
i131.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-15 12:31:16 PM

squibbits: Just don't call them "diggers" to their faces.


Well, you can if you're an excavator yourself.
 
2013-03-15 12:37:05 PM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Did they find any unexploded WW II German terror weapons?
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 688x529]

First thing I thought of. Get out of my head! :-D


Heh... I just watched it a couple of days ago

/love that one
 
2013-03-15 12:40:18 PM
As I look at the pictures of the unburied corpses I cannot help noticing that none of them are fat.
 
2013-03-15 12:42:58 PM
SHUT....DOWN.......EVERYTHING!
 
2013-03-15 12:44:45 PM
Kansas City had a huge flood 1950 that wiped out some of the country's major stockyards. Flash forward to about 1970 when excavation was beginning for bridge pillars on the new I-635. They found where all the cattle had been buried. They say the engineers were unhappy.
 
2013-03-15 12:53:32 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: I think I've seen this movie


That's how this one starts out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3p-giK1MU
 
TWX
2013-03-15 01:55:10 PM
Can you imagine, tunneling into a huge chamber full of bones and rotting bodies?

That ALONE sounds like a good plot for a horror movie...
 
2013-03-15 02:30:03 PM
so that's how the Zombie Apocalypse™ starts.

/it was nice knowing y'all
 
2013-03-15 02:41:40 PM
that's wacist
 
2013-03-15 02:56:08 PM
The Dangling Participle strikes again! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Seriously. If I were a cartoonist, I'd create a superhero or villain named the Dangling Participle The mayhem he would cause! Breath-taking!

There is just the inkling of a possibility that people may have died in large numbers laying rails before the invention of the steam-engine--they used carts on rails in mines before Watt studied under Joseph Black, the inventor of carbon dioxide (well, discoverer--he called it "fixed air" because it would not burn).

These rail ways varied, but the basic distance between the rails was based on Roman carts and chariots (they made medieval carts in much of Europe so they would fit in the ruts made on Roman roads by centuries of traffic). The carts were first pushed by the miners and then by "pit ponies", tiny horses that lived in the mines in their own subterranean stables. Some of the bigger mines (especially salt mines) had their own chapels, etc., carved out of the stone or salt. In places like Cappadocea, entire cities were created underground to protect the population against invaders.
 
2013-03-15 02:59:55 PM
If they had the plague, they shouldn't have been excavating anything. For one, they needed rest. For another, they were just spreading the plague. They really needed OSHA 650 years ago.

/Came here purely to see how many folks commented on that beautifully dangling participle.
//Was not disappointed.
 
2013-03-15 03:07:23 PM
They had rail projects 650 years ago?
 
2013-03-15 03:13:11 PM
Great, they just opened the cocoon holding the Black Death at bay.
 
2013-03-15 03:13:53 PM
50,000 buried in one cemetary seems rather high. Yes, Paris did lose half its population, or 50,000, to the Black Death in a matter of months, but it seems unlikely that all of the dead in London were buried in the same place and I expect it was smaller than Paris at the time. Could be. I know in later plagues, the dead were buried in pits. This is not the first time that excavations have found Plague pits. And the Plague is not the only disease operating on a large scale--several diseases often combined their efforts to destroy large populations: cholera, influenza, the Plague (which comes in several sub-types such as pneumonic plague and the classic skin disease with buboes).

But I suspect that the true number is lower and that the 13 bodies buried are from another plague or an early stage of the proposed plague, because at the peak of the great plagues they just dumped bodies in mass graves because they didn't have personnel to lay them out in individual graves. There were hundreds or thousands of people dying each day of the plague during the Great Plague of London (which followed the Great Fire of London, and preceded the Great Property Boom of London).

The first outbreak of the plague in 1347 was the worst because people had no immunity and because the Norwegian rats which halted the invasion of the plague-bearing species did not play a role at that time.

Doctors knew nothing of how the plague was spread (many assumed it was air-borne or blamed cats and dogs because they died also). Even attempts to kill the rats and other animal victims of the plague wasn't a lot of help because the fleas would abandon the rats and bite the rat-catchers, whether cats, dogs or humans. The plague eventually fell to urban hygeine and the Norwegian rat. Scientists still debate whether the identified infectious agent (a protozoan) is really the culprit. In all likelihood, there were two or more agents involved in some of the great plagues because some of the symptoms don't quite match those of the plague in either its skin or lung infection forms.

Plagues often follow other disasters such as earthquakes, wars, fires, famines, etc., because the rats come out to play when their natural habitat is destroyed or damaged. Rats normally avoid humans and you might not see one where there are many. I have only seen two or three rats crossing streets in the last thirty years. They don't do it often when humans are around.
 
2013-03-15 04:38:26 PM
Talk about bad juju.
 
2013-03-15 05:22:31 PM

stevetherobot: What I learned from that headline: 650 years ago 50,000 people died while excavating a massive rail project. I didn't know they even had trains back then.


They didn't have trains.  It was one of those "just in case" things.
 
2013-03-15 06:27:04 PM
So they died from licking their balls?
 
2013-03-15 08:20:03 PM
death! death everywhere!

t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-15 08:27:46 PM

brantgoose: 50,000 buried in one cemetary seems rather high. Yes, Paris did lose half its population, or 50,000, to the Black Death in a matter of months, but it seems unlikely that all of the dead in London were buried in the same place and I expect it was smaller than Paris at the time. Could be. I know in later plagues, the dead were buried in pits. This is not the first time that excavations have found Plague pits. And the Plague is not the only disease operating on a large scale--several diseases often combined their efforts to destroy large populations: cholera, influenza, the Plague (which comes in several sub-types such as pneumonic plague and the classic skin disease with buboes).

But I suspect that the true number is lower and that the 13 bodies buried are from another plague or an early stage of the proposed plague, because at the peak of the great plagues they just dumped bodies in mass graves because they didn't have personnel to lay them out in individual graves. There were hundreds or thousands of people dying each day of the plague during the Great Plague of London (which followed the Great Fire of London, and preceded the Great Property Boom of London).

The first outbreak of the plague in 1347 was the worst because people had no immunity and because the Norwegian rats which halted the invasion of the plague-bearing species did not play a role at that time.

Doctors knew nothing of how the plague was spread (many assumed it was air-borne or blamed cats and dogs because they died also). Even attempts to kill the rats and other animal victims of the plague wasn't a lot of help because the fleas would abandon the rats and bite the rat-catchers, whether cats, dogs or humans. The plague eventually fell to urban hygeine and the Norwegian rat. Scientists still debate whether the identified infectious agent (a protozoan) is really the culprit. In all likelihood, there were two or more agents involved in some of the great plagues because some of the symptoms don't quite match those of the plague in either its skin or lung infection forms.

Plagues often follow other disasters such as earthquakes, wars, fires, famines, etc., because the rats come out to play when their natural habitat is destroyed or damaged. Rats normally avoid humans and you might not see one where there are many. I have only seen two or three rats crossing streets in the last thirty years. They don't do it often when humans are around.


I think it was in Barcelona that I saw my first mass plague burial ground.
/a lot of bodies in a very small area with so many more burned on the same grounds
// have seen more
 
2013-03-15 08:29:00 PM
Right, and then a student travels back in time just as the plague erupts in London.
 
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