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Lawnmower race: seat-safety-switch For the last decade or so, I've been routinely attending a ride-on lawnmower race. I've always wanted to participate, but the high cost of used mowers is better spent on more practical vehicles, like literally anything else. Sometimes, though, the universe sends you a message. And in my case, that message came in the form of an awkward leg of a huge trade-in scam. Picture, if you will, the humble redneck. They await the approach of big, fast domestic mowers. John Deeres, Cub Cadets, even weird modified Chinese stuff they looted from Aliexpress. There is jubilance, but that soon comes to an awkward hush. An unfamiliar engine note approaches. My International 1480 combine harvester, all ten tons of it, is barrelling down the highway at a clip somewhere between "tepid" and "jaunty." Even though I have shown up for a race, I am sandbagging a little bit, making sure that the bets get settled against my vehicle before I show them the might of a fully operational monster such as mine. Technically, there is no violation. I had looked at the rulebook from every angle in the previous year: it has the correct number of wheels, the proper agricultural intent, and with precise work on the tiller, it can even (poorly) mow a suburban lawn. Is it modified? Oh yes, yes indeed, but I see the nitrous bottles poking out from the rows of Kubotas at the starting line. And when I leave the starting line, it is a thing of beauty. At least for a few milliseconds. It seems that the wizards at International Harvester simply did not comprehend of a situation in which the frame of their combine would be launched into the air by means of one thousand eight hundred foot-pound of supercharger-bolstered torque. I had erroneously believed that the loose soil of the rural community would let the wheels dip in, but now I am facing directly into the sky, having twelve o' clocked hard on my wheelie, shooting flames from my exhaust and whirling vertical blades of death towards the grandstand. It's not about whether you win or lose. Sometimes it's about how many pages you add to the rulebook. andalwaysburning "It's not about whether you win or lose. Sometimes it's about how many pages you add to the rulebook. I am but a mild-mannered urban being and have no idea what happened in this story, but with all the Gods as my witness I am getting the above text put on a plaque and hanging it in my living room. headspace-hotel Legendary quote Source: seat-safety-switch 30,370 notes Lawnmower race

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Black Death: 1353 Moscow Stockholm Copenhagen Kiev LondonCologne • Cracow • Vienna Milan Paris Constantinople Marsailles, Rome Barcelona The spread of the black death. e gaysexagainstawall Poland sarahvonkrolock Poland, tell us your secret. unseilie Poland is the eld new Madagascar. volpesvolpes If I remember correctly, Poland's secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there. Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there. Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it. platinumpixels I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new. Damn Italy, you scary. the-sonic-screw Poland: "Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better" Milan: “Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!" theeyesinthenight Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly... common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the "B" marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys' immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, ning communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, "their" land, and so historically never “spread" their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you've got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague. Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world. shitarianasays WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL Oxymoronic When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did. detenebrate Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge! johanirae And parents said teh internet is not educational. 668,958 notes t7 A. Black Death
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