What are shocking historical facts they don’t teach you in school?

When the Bubonic plague (known by the sexy name ‘Black Death’) broke out in Europe in the 14th century, people used methods to cure it so insane and absurd you’d rather start believing in the Flat-Earth theory.

Dumbledore finishing his barrier-chant.

Here are some ways they attempted to avoid the plague:

Live inside a sewer. People were living inside sewers based on the reasoning that living in an already-dirty environment could make you immune to the plague. That…was completely contrary to immunizing them, since rats carrying the plague thrived on sewers. People were actually going there to infect themselves.

Drink some good wine. Sure! Let’s get high cause this is probably our last night alive! Sadly, this wasn’t even the reason behind them drinking wine. They did it because…why not?

Ayy, you only get bubonic plague once.

Eat some emeralds. Let’s excuse the fact that it sounds like ‘Have a biscuit’ except this time the emerald doesn’t even constitute the same nutritional value. That’s right, people were literally eating rocks. Maybe they didn’t realize that this could horribly backfire and leave their intestines in pieces?

Stop looking at sick people. The holy doctors didn’t help one bit when they declared that the plague could be carried by an “aerial spirit”. And so forth many people stopped even looking at the sick, much less tending to them.

Put chopped onions around your house. When people didn’t have Airwick, they made do with onions, I guess. This was based on the reasoning that the plague was carried by smell. This myth became so prevalent that the National Onion Association still today has to explain to some people that onions don’t carry magical healing properties. The National Onion Association

Drink your own piss. Or the pus from one of the buboes. They believed it would make the body harder to infect (which was wrong, obviously). Regularly, they drank their piss twice a day. Yeah, no. I’d rather eat some of those emeralds.

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Flog yourself. Yeah, of course God brought this on the people! Of course flogging yourself constantly, whipping your ass (literally) for 33 frickin days in one city would grant you his mercy! Yeah, of course you had to move to another city and rinse-repeat! Of course NOT!

Kill some Jews. I don’t know if it’s just me or are the Jews scapegoats for every problem in history? When in doubt, kill some Jews! Because of course they dumped the plague on our wells! Of course we should burn 900 of them IN A DAY!

And did I mention that people today still believe the plague was caused by Jews? OF COURSE THEY FRICKIN’ DO!!

But of course I must have mentioned what doctors of the plague dressed like? Oh I haven’t?


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The Dark Ages were crazy times. These ideas may seem laughable to us now, but considering the fact that about 20–50 million people died in total and there was no cure, it is understandable that people were so desperate they’d opt for anything but death. It was understandable.

But it was still stupid.

Ah, the Dark Ages were fun times.

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Have you known about any of these facts before? Do you find them disgusting?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Marguerite LaHaye
Not all that different from todays anti-vaxers A lot of diseases that were close to extinction a few decades ago are on the rise again because of their willful ignorance. .
Sep 22, 2018 5:07PM
Joseph Fitzpatrick
They killed cats because they thought they were agents of the devils but it was rats that spread the plague and the cats kill rats
Jan 4, 2020 4:48PM
Jean Siegel
How sad and tragic were their belief systems.However, Guess ignoramuses existed then as well as now when it comes to antisemitism.
Feb 27, 2019 5:44PM
Caren Rounthwaite
They drank wine because the water was filthy. Caffeinated drinks had not yet been brought to Europe. You forgot to mention garlic, which was worn on the body.
Feb 27, 2019 6:12PM
John McLardie
The 'Dark Ages', roughly from 410 - 600 AD (after the Romans left Britannia), had nothing to do with the 14th Century (Early Middle Ages). Not only is the topic as written bad reasearch by a so-called 'amateur' historian but it was updated by someone who allegedly has a Masters in Anthropology and History from Texas Tech University. Some education he had, not!!!
Sep 28, 2018 4:40AM
Peggy Tinsley
Yes author, Jews are blamed for everything and it's getting worse, esp in Europe
Aug 27, 2018 5:24PM
This was pretty funny. I did not know about the living in the sewers.
Jan 10, 2023 3:48PM
bina sarmah
Marguerite LaHaye, Hating anit-vaxers was another cure for the vaxers. Science keeps changing every week and vaxers got a reason hate anti-vaxers.
Mar 17, 2022 6:13PM
Wayne Roberts
The foul air was referred to as ‘Miasma’.
Sep 26, 2021 6:12PM
Texas Gal, Yup, even a Pope at that time called for the death penalty for cats.
Nov 13, 2019 5:01PM
edward goodnow
LeRoy Johnston, actually its rich liberal americans that are causing the most harm with not vaccinating
Apr 3, 2019 5:23PM
LeRoy Johnston
Marguerite LaHaye, I Hear What You Are Saying about Anti Vaxers, But If the Southern Border was Closed , the Hoards of Not Vaccinated Flooding into the Country, Would Be Brought in Legally and Given the Necessary Vaccines and not Be Bringing them into the Schools and Neighborhoods. Consider where The Diseases, that we Were able to Eliminate, Are Coming from. Build The Wall !!
Feb 27, 2019 5:20PM
ignorance is bliss...
Dec 11, 2018 9:32PM
George Oliver Prince
We've come a long way
Nov 23, 2018 11:43PM
Jo Ellen Cole
As a gemologist I would be interested in the source for the observation that eating emeralds was supposed to cure the Bubonic plague. If anyone knows, please let me know!
Nov 3, 2018 1:12AM
Charlie Adamson
Too sickening to learn...!!
Oct 26, 2018 11:29AM
Frederick Zinos
Todd Cates, just like today.
Oct 25, 2018 4:33PM
Ian Swindale
Good heavens (or maybe bad heavens)
Oct 15, 2018 4:49AM

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