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venerated trivia roundup

Let’s roundup some obliquely-saint-related trivia…

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1. Depending on where you are, St. Anthony’s Fire is either the skin infection erysipelas (Britain, US; it’s what killed John Stuart Mill), shingles (Italy and Malta), or ergotism (France and Germany). 1,420 more words


A Common Misconception: The Ergot Theory and the Salem Witch Trials

During my time as a tour guide in Salem, one of the common comments I heard involved the ergot poisoning theory. Each time a tourist asked, “Wasn’t there a mold on the wheat?” I went on to explain why most historians that study the witch trials refute this theory. 2,041 more words