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In 1845, the Irish Potato Famine devestated harvests of the country’s staple crop, and turned the potatoes into a “slimy, decaying, blackish ‘mass of rottenness.’ ” This unfortunate condition was caused by a fungus that had traveled from Mexico to Ireland.
Irish peasants consumed a diet consisting largely of potatoes. A farmer could grow triple the amount of potatoes as grain on the same plot of land, and a single acre of potatoes could support a family for a year. About half of Ireland’s populated depended on potatoes.
In the spring of 1847, Britain set up soup kitchens and programs of emergency work relief to aid those affected by the famine, however, several of the programs ended when a banking crisis hit Britain. Britain ended up relying on work houses to deal with the famine, but these grim institutions were insufficient to deal with a crisis of this scale. Some 2.6 million Irish entered overcrowded workhouses, where more than 200,000 people died.
If Maria Lucimar Pereira’s birth certificate if correct, she is 121 years old, six years older than the recorded ‘Oldest Woman Alive’. The native Kaxinawa Indian woman’s birth certificate says she was born in 1890, however, the Guinness Book of World Records claims she has not been registered for the title of oldest living woman, which is currently held by 115-year-old American Besse Cooper.
Maria’s long life is owed to a healthy diet without salt, sugar, or processed foods, and continuing to stay active within her village.
The Bubonic Plague was an outbreak of the Yersinia pestis bacteria that occurred in the early 1330’s. While the disease mainly affects rodents, it can be spread to humans through flea bite.
Black rats were regular inhabitants on ships used for trading and traveling in the 1300’s. After the rats became infected, fleas that had consumed the tainted blood soon became clogged with the bacteria, and would bite a human, then regurgitate the bacteria into the open wound.
Symptoms of the disease usually appeared 2-5 days after infection. The most famous symptom of the plague was the painful, swollen lymph nodes, called buboes. The buboes would ooze pus and blood, and would swell quickly, then eventually painfully burst. Other symptoms of the plague included chills, high fever, muscle cramps, seizures, bleeding out of the ears (at least 12 hours after infection), coughing, and extreme pain, usually caused by the flesh decomposing or decaying while the victim was still alive. Without treatment, the plague would kill two out of three infected humans within three days.
In winter, when fleas were dormant, the disease seemed to disappear, but always attacked again in the spring, claiming new victims. After five years, 25 million people were dead- one third of Europe’s population. Smaller outbreaks continues not just for years, but for centuries, and the disease didn’t completely disappear until the 1600’s. Every year, there are still about 1,000 to 3,000 cases of the plague.
The Chinese ministry of culture has recently banned an eclectic mix of 100 “unapproved or unregistered” music tracks from all websites and radio stations.
“Certain websites have been allowing users to play, listen to and download the listed songs,” the ministry declared. “Such actions have disturbed the online music market order and endangered national cultural safety.”
While the majority of the list features works from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia, Western and Japanese artists, such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and even the Backstreet Boys, also make a cameo on the blacklist.
With a whopping six tracks banned, Gaga has more songs banned than any other artist on the list. “The Edge of Glory,” “Hair,” “Marry the Night,” “Americano,” “Judas” and “Bloody Mary”, all from her most recent album “Born This Way”, all made the list. The title track has been listed in an earlier sweep.
Also making the list were Katy Perry’s “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”, and Britney Spears’ “Burning Up”. Canadian rockers Simple Plan also made an appearance, alongside British band Take That.
Although, the strangest track on the blacklist is agreeably the 12-year-old Backstreet Boys hit, “I Want It That Way”.
“Our targets this time are online music products that we have not registered or reviewed,” the cultural ministry said in a written statement to CNN. “They don’t necessarily contain illegal content.”