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Richard III suffered from roundworm

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:54 AM

Soil samples show Richard III suffered from roundworm

www.bbc.co.uk said:

Richard III suffered from a roundworm infection, a team says.

A soil sample from the region where his infected intestines would have been during life, revealed multiple roundworm eggs.

Prevalent both in medieval times and in tropical countries today, the roundworm parasite spreads from faecal contamination and can grow up to one foot long.

The work is published in the Lancet journal.
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

I just read about this earlier! Ew! :(

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:21 AM

No wonder he was so cranky. As if severe scoliosis wasn't enough. I hope and pray that this is extremely rare in the contemporary First World! If I wanna lose a few pounds, I'll take a pass on the tapeworm.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:28 AM

Excerpt from 'The Hearse' Song by Alvin Schwartz


Then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle in your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You'll spread it on a slice of bread,
And this is what you eat when you are dead

This story reminded me of that song.

Poor Richard maybe this is why he was so cranky?

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Edited by Asadora, 10 September 2013 - 08:29 AM.

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