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What is typhus? History of diseases

By |2017-09-07T10:30:32+00:00September 7th, 2017|Science|

A woman with typhus Nobody seems to have caught typhus before about 1450 AD, so the disease probably didn't exist until then. Typhus is an infection caused by tiny germs (bacteria) that live inside animal cells, and most people caught the germs from lice, when the lice bit them (the lice die of typhus too). [...]

What did people eat? World history of food

By |2018-04-19T22:44:52+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Food history: Uighur women picking mulberries (ca. 400s AD) Going hungry Throughout most of history, most people never got enough to eat. Many people starved to death. Food was much more expensive than it is today, and governments helped people out less than they do now. Even farmers often went hungry when city [...]