How The Black Death Plagued Europe

Spread Of Black Death Europe Map

For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.

World Internet Use By Time Of Day

A fascinating GIF visualizing world internet use by time of day:

World Internet Use By Time Of Day GIF

Yet another way to examine cultural differences: the United States appears to reach its peak internet use at around noon; in other words, work time. China, on the other hand, tends to surf the web most heavily in the evening, or after their work day is complete.

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