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Contrary to myth and seeming lyrical evidence, the children's nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is not a reference to either the physical symptoms or social condition of the bubonic plague, also known as the Black De... More »

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The southern ringneck snake, sometimes called the Florida ringneck snake, is black with a red ring around its neck. There are other, similar species with orange and yellow bands around their necks. More »

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Ringneck snakes have a dark body with a light yellow-orange ring around its neck. They grow no bigger than 15 inches and are harmless to people. More »

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The term "nursery rhyme" refers to a traditional song or poem for children, such as "Ring around the Rosie" or 'Remember Remember'. "Nursery rhyme" is a British phrase, but its equivalents, such as "Mother Goose Rhymes,"... More »

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The line "Wednesday's child is full of woe" is a part of a nursery rhyme known as "Monday's Child," sometimes attributed to Mother Goose; it predicts that children born on Wednesday are sad. More »

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Between 1328 and 1351, the bubonic plague, commonly known as the Black Death, killed approximately one third of the population of Europe. The widespread nature of the disease, along with its horrific symptoms, inspired E... More »

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"Black Death" refers to a 14th-century outbreak of the bubonic plague, a bacterial infection spread primarily by infected fleas, though the disease can also be transmitted by person-to-person contact in its pneumonic for... More »

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