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5 Facts about Sickness! — Tidbits

Hey everyone. I’m still in bed today, because I’m quite sick. But I did skip last week’s video, and so
on my deathbed I present: five fast facts about being sick! And then I’m going back to sleep. Number 1: In the 16th century, lovesickness
was a genuine ailment. According to medical journals at the time,
symptoms included sunken eyes, jaundice and anorexia. Poor, poor Elizabeth Bennett. Having said that, the same wisdom also specifies
lovesickness as solely afflicting males. Fact 2: There are a ton of viruses in the
world. If you took those in the ocean alone and laid
them end to end, they would stretch farther into space than the nearest 60 galaxies. But these ocean-going viruses are essential
to life. They infect and kill 20% of the phytoplankton
that make up most of the oceans’ biomass. This releases their nutrients, feeding the
whole ocean food chain. Because of this, the largest marine virus
has the witty name Cafeteria roenbergensis. Fact 3: Long before we understood blood circulation,
ancient people knew it was important for health – hence the practice of bloodletting. It’s perfect, and was known to cure everything
from cancer to infections to mental illness and insanity. It’s such a good cure, that George Washington
died soon after his physician prescribed bloodletting for his sore throat. Fact Number 4: Clark Gable, known as being
the King of Hollywood through the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s almost had the flu once. One evening, his wife thought he was falling
ill because he was feeling poorly. Clark went to bed early. The next day, he was changing the tire on
his Jeep when he starting having severe chest pains. Turns out, his flu symptoms weren’t the
flu, because instead they were signs of his oncoming heart attack. Number 5, our final fact: Cats catch birds,
but cats also catch bird flu. Yes, that right: the H5N1 bird influenza that
was really big a few years ago caused a lot of disease in cats, including big cats like
leopards and tigers in a zoo in Taiwan. Thankfully though, humans can’t catch cat-bird-fluenza. Finally, I just want to leave you with this
quote, from Caskie Stinett, a travel writer and magazine editor: “The trouble with being a hypochondriac
these days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.” Thank you so much for watching, and regular
programming should resume next week. See you then!

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