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(Fox News)   Scientists find out that the black death wasn't bubonic plague...it was blacker. There's something about it that's so black, it's like how much more black could it be? And the answer is none. None more black   (foxnews.com) divider line 28
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2014-04-01 09:00:58 AM  
Bubonic.  Pneumonic.  Let's call the whole thing *cough*.
 
2014-04-01 09:05:11 AM  

Diogenes: Bubonic.  Pneumonic.  Let's call the whole thing *cough*.


<golf clap>
 
2014-04-01 09:11:27 AM  
cdn-static.denofgeek.com

The blackest death.
 
2014-04-01 09:13:04 AM  

Diogenes: Bubonic.  Pneumonic.  Let's call the whole thing *cough*.


i46.tinypic.com
 
2014-04-01 10:24:25 AM  
Blacker than the blackest black.  Times infinity.

www.wallpaperup.com
 
2014-04-01 10:24:27 AM  
pragmaticobotsunite.com
 
2014-04-01 10:26:31 AM  
Reminds me of the intro screen for the 'This is Spinal Tap' dvd.

really a pastel black.
 
2014-04-01 10:28:37 AM  

Sybarite: [pragmaticobotsunite.com image 400x247]


Came for this.  Very underrated movie.
 
2014-04-01 10:29:06 AM  
FTA:

". But the DNA extracted from the 14th-century skeletons' teeth wasn't any more virulent than a strain "

It's called micro-evolution, fellas.  The Black Death swept the entire world, and so we can call it a 'selection event'.  Those who were not at least somewhat resistant to it died.  Therefore, every one of us alive today is partially resistant to that strain, which is why its not terribly virulent anymore.
 
2014-04-01 10:40:51 AM  

Altman: FTA:

". But the DNA extracted from the 14th-century skeletons' teeth wasn't any more virulent than a strain "

It's called micro-evolution, fellas.  The Black Death swept the entire world, and so we can call it a 'selection event'.  Those who were not at least somewhat resistant to it died.  Therefore, every one of us alive today is partially resistant to that strain, which is why its not terribly virulent anymore.



An airborne vector for the Black Death is not a new idea either.  It's been hypothesized for a long time based on how fast it spread.  This latest announcement may be a new data point though.
 
2014-04-01 10:41:29 AM  
Doesn't this add to the theory that the HIV-immunity gene is due in part to the black death?
 
2014-04-01 10:43:29 AM  
That country saw 60 deaths, while 60% of Londoners are believed to have died centuries ago....Why was the earlier strain so much deadlier?

Antibiotics?
 
2014-04-01 10:50:06 AM  
cdn.wikimg.net

None more black?
 
2014-04-01 10:53:46 AM  
Was it slightly darker black?
 
2014-04-01 11:26:57 AM  

Sybarite: [pragmaticobotsunite.com image 400x247]


Awesome!  I love this movie, and I'm as white as they come.

/shut up and eat yo big-ass biscuit!
 
2014-04-01 11:27:57 AM  
Diogenes: Bubonic. Pneumonic. Let's call the whole thing *cough*.

clap clap etc ad infintum
 
2014-04-01 11:37:51 AM  
Hotblack Desiato's ship would like a word.
 
2014-04-01 12:04:47 PM  
Well, you should have seen the plague they wanted to do! It wasn't bubonic, believe me.
 
2014-04-01 12:50:39 PM  
And, once again, it is proved that reporters must not be trusted with science at all.

Whether it be yclept "bubonic" or "pneumonic" the frailty is yet caused by but one organismal, said being "Yersinia pestis".
 
2014-04-01 01:24:42 PM  
Wouldn't this depend on the prevalence of the flea population and population density? I suppose there are people that have studied this, but it seems like a large flea population coupled with people living in multi-family dwellings, could spread the disease rather quickly.
 
2014-04-01 02:09:28 PM  
I have heard that many priests' socks are not as black as you think, but rather a very, very, very, very, very, very dark blue.
 
2014-04-01 02:21:14 PM  

Diogenes: Bubonic.  Pneumonic.  Let's call the whole thing *cough*.


That is a thing a beauty.
 
2014-04-01 03:26:28 PM  
Even the white bits were black?

The hue fuligin, which is darker than black, admirably erases all folds, bunchings and gatherings so far as the eye is concerned, showing only a featureless dark.
 
2014-04-01 04:32:16 PM  
cdn.uproxx.com
 
2014-04-01 04:32:46 PM  

Violet Avarie: [cdn.wikimg.net image 250x348]

None more black?



lparchive.org
If red is bad, then black is right out.
 
2014-04-01 07:41:16 PM  

Diogenes: Bubonic.  Pneumonic.  Let's call the whole thing *cough*.


Yeah...we're done here.
 
2014-04-02 11:33:17 AM  
Swords used to kill people by the thousands every year, but some of those very same swords killed less than five people in London this year. Why were swords so much deadlier in the past? Perhaps they used an entirely different kind of sword.
 
2014-04-02 04:28:23 PM  

Delta1212: Swords used to kill people by the thousands every year, but some of those very same swords killed less than five people in London this year. Why were swords so much deadlier in the past? Perhaps they used an entirely different kind of sword.


Maybethere are fewer sword-bearing rats these days.  That would explain BOTH conundrums.
 
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