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singlefin
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The worst of times for humanity was when?

It's easy to look back on the past through rose-tinted glasses, as the saying goes, but new research suggests that the mid-sixth century was definitely a time to forget.
A team of historians and scientists has identified A.D. 536 as the beginning of a terrible sequence of events for humankind.
A massive volcanic eruption spewed a huge cloud of ash that shrouded the Northern Hemisphere in darkness and caused a drop in temperatures that led to crop failure and starvation, said co-lead study author Professor Christopher Loveluck of the University of Nottingham in the UK.
Then the misery was compounded in A.D. 542 as cold and hungry populations in the eastern Roman Empire were struck by the bubonic plague.
The eruption and the 542 plague outbreak caused economic stagnation in Europe, which lasted more than 30 years until 575, when there were early signs of recovery, Loveluck said.
We might think that we have a lot to complain about in 2018, but at least we're not fighting off the plague as we shiver under a cloud of volcanic ash that blocks out the sun.

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I couldn’t believe CNN posted this. I’m pretty sure they posted an article in 2017 stating the source of the bubonic plague was 725 5th Ave, New York, NY.
I could be wrong 😎

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Topic starter Posted : November 20, 2018 6:22 pm
islandjoan
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I love this:

"at least we're not fighting off the plague as we shiver under a cloud of volcanic ash that blocks out the sun."

Indeed things could always be worse!

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Posted : November 20, 2018 6:47 pm
Fishbait
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I woke up this morning and had breakfast and so did everybody else on this earth that I care about, so I'm thankful.

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Posted : November 20, 2018 6:52 pm
ms411
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There is an old church song that I think of frequently.

"Count your blessings, count them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done."

You can substitute God for another word if you prefer.

We are indeed fortunate that we are living in 21st century. Humans have come a long way!

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Posted : November 20, 2018 7:44 pm
Scubadoo
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ms411 wrote:
We are indeed fortunate that we are living in 21st century. Humans have come a long way!

elst it could be "bring out your dead"

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Posted : November 20, 2018 8:15 pm
singlefin
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Topic starter Posted : November 20, 2018 9:50 pm
East Ender
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Scubadoo wrote:

We are indeed fortunate that we are living in 21st century. Humans have come a long way!

elst it could be "bring out your dead"

"I'm not dead yet!"

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Posted : November 21, 2018 10:23 am
Fishbait
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East Ender wrote:

We are indeed fortunate that we are living in 21st century. Humans have come a long way!

elst it could be "bring out your dead"

"I'm not dead yet!"

"He will be soon..." LOL

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Posted : November 21, 2018 2:35 pm
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