During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool
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I hate it when a character doesn’t have a LAST NAME, SO THEIR TAG IS FULL OF STUFF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT.


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Hawkeye #19 was well worth the wait. I thought nothing would ever top Pizza Dog.

#19 is mostly in sign language with very little subtitles showing just how awesome the medium of comics can be.

Anonymous inquired:

doot doot

Listen very closely. If you doot one more time, I will hunt you down. Through snow, rain, and scorching sun. I will track you. I will find you. Your ass won’t even have time to get away because I’m that good. I will find you and I won’t kill you. Oh no. I’ll take you away from everyone you love, you slimy little bitch. When I finally have you, I will lock you in a room, a nice room, nothing like a dark basement. But I will keep you in solitary confinement for weeks. After that time, I will sneak into the room one night and slowly saw at you with a butter knife. I will do so to all of your limbs till they are gone. Then I will get you a puppy as an apology present, but you can not pet the puppy or move. The puppy will lick you to death. ONLY if you utter one more doot. 

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Anonymous inquired:

doot doot


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dorothie-belle inquired:

Why did you keep drinking the mio if it was disgusting?


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Everytime I see this I just think it’s Crowley being a bamf

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which country has the most birds



thats a language


nice recovery

don’t you mean nice redovery

turkey, how did we miss turkey

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Anonymous inquired:

what if your legs didn't know they were legs

they don’t. My brain knows. My legs have no idea. 

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I drank a bottle of Mio. I hope you all are happy, because I’m sure not. 


Eli in pain makes me laugh.
I laughed a lot.

Good to know that it causes joy

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there is a difference between people who are smart and people who get good grades

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"Hey, how do you spell Massachusetts?"

"How should I know? Just grab a handful of Scrabble tiles and let fate decide."

this is like a beautiful unicorn of mispellings

Even if your from Massachusetts you barely know how to spell it

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My cousin has an orange tree, this one came out different.

Kill it.  Kill it with fire.

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Anonymous inquired:

If I have you added on skype should I attempt to talk to you or would you prefer to be left alone?

whatever you want.

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Everyone has six names.


  1. Your real name:
    Elijah Lavin
  2. your detective name (favourite colour and favourite animal):
    Blue Dragon
  3. your soap opera name (middle name and street you live on): 
    Pierce Barnstable
  4. your star wars name (first three letters of last name, first two of middle): 
  5. superhero name (color of your shirt, first item to your immediate left): 
    Black Dragon
  6. goth name (black and one of your pets): 
    Black Ollie

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