END OF THE WORLD MYTH: WORLD WAR ONE AND SPANISH FLU

With so many gullible people believing the world is going to end on December 21st Balladeer’s Blog has been examining various end-of-the- world scenarios from popular belief.

Throw in the fact that I’ve been flat on my back with a horrible case of the flu the past few days (and am going to a doctor about it tomorrow since it won’t go away) and it got me thinking about the global Spanish influenza pandemic from approximately 1918 to 1920. 

The photo in the upper right is of mass graves being dug for flu victims who died in Philadelphia. The flu killed even more people than World War One killed and since we are all familiar with the idea of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it should be no suprise to hear that many believed that the End Times were at hand since the Horsemen known as war, pestilence and death were well accounted for. 

Famine was accounted for because, well, not to be callous about it, but there is always starvation somewhere in the world so End Times true believers had plenty of “evidence” of the Four Horsemen riding the land. 

Estimates of the number of dead from the flu went as high as 130 million people, with possibly 500 million at one time stricken with the bug as it swarmed the globe. The world did not end, however. The doomsayers were once again proven wrong and eventually more wars, famines and plagues came along without precipitating the end of the world.

So I’ll return to sleeping, about the only thing I’ve been able to do lately.

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25 responses to “END OF THE WORLD MYTH: WORLD WAR ONE AND SPANISH FLU

  1. Loads of smoochies to aid in your recovery!!!

    I still find it funny how people think there is a twenty-four hour flu. Personally, I think food poisoning will cause the end of the world!!!!

    Ok. That is not really true. But you never know!

  2. Poor Ed…I hate the flu so you have all my sympathies. Actually come December I’m heading for Vancouver to find the Supernatual set and get The Boys to protect me.

  3. I can understand why people were freaked by all the death and misery.

  4. Creepy feeling thinking about a flu killing more people than a war.

  5. Nobody dies of the flu, dude.

  6. Eerie. That really must have freaked people out back then.

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