Well, good news, everyone! Some builders renovating a house in Penryn, Cornwall uncovered a dead rat dating back to the Black Death. For over 600 years, the mummy’s been mouldering ‘neath the floorboards.
Looking at the provided image, courtesy of the Penryn Museum, the sweet little plague vector still has all its whiskers and teeth.
No word if the laborers will be quarantined ’til they receive a clean bill of health from the NHS.
Here are some fun facts about the bubonic plague! During the middle ages, infected victims and corpses were used as catapult ammunition for crude biological warfare. How can someone not love the Golden Horde’s ingenuity?! Continuing the grand tradition of war crimes is the Imperial Japanese Army carpet bombing Ningmo with plague-bearing fleas, in addition to experimenting on live human subjects with the bug.
We should count our blessings this little guy didn’t come with a mummy’s curse. Recent video out of west Africa suggests the ebola epidemic could be mutating into a zombie virus. A correspondent from ABC News filmed emergency workers collecting a corpse, presumably dead from ebola, only to be shocked to find the body was twitching after being jostled around.
Of special interest are the whispers of ebola being part of an American black ops program.1 Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson asking, “Should we trust the government to keep us all safe from Ebola?”2 Not to mention the vaunted Before It’s News exclaiming, “ISIS Has Ebola In America!”3 Germs and warfare go together like chocolate and peanut butter, yet speculation in this vein will only earn a free, one-way trip to Guantanamo Bay.
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