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A Shadow Falls Upon the Land

Vague reports of earthquakes killing thousands in the "Dark Land", torrential rains with frogs falling from the sky suggests that there is a massive weather event occurring in Mongolia or northern China. Massive crop failures in the region will cause starvation. 4 million will die in Kiang. This famine will continue until 1337. [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I don't want to be too much of a downer here but famines were commonplace in the Middle ages. This was not the first one and it won't be the last. Mao Zedong will kill off 30 million of his fellow Chinese comrades in the late 1950s and early 60s while "modernizing" the Chinese system under communism. It is why American mothers used to harangue their children when they wouldn't eat. "There are children starving in China!" Years later, stand-up comedians would remember their childhood and quip, "I wish she would have mailed it to them, then." [3]

The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Lucerne recently joined the Confederacy along with several other cantons. In time the Confederacy will be known as Switzerland, but for now, the most interesting thing about Lucerne is a wooden footbridge they have just built across the Reuss River. IT STILL EXISTS in the modern day. It is the oldest surviving wooden covered bridge in Europe and the oldest truss bridge ANYWHERE and it includes a water tower which still exists but is no longer used as a water tower. Apparently they make things to last in Switzerland. It is called "The Chapel Bridge" because of the chapel nearby. [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I was amazed that a wooden bridge that old still existed. I'd like to hire the engineer that built that one. It was almost destroyed by fire in 1993 but it was restored in 1994 at a cost of 2.2 million dollars (US). Given all the 14th and 16th century paintings on the trusses, it was like restoring a masterpiece.

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1333, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Grave, Ralph A., Fearful Famines of the Past - Wikisource, National Geographic Magazine, Volume 31, No. 1, 1917-Jul.
  2. Dols, Michael W.. The Black Death in the Middle East, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1977. p.39. (BOOK)
  3. Mao Zedong - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  4. Kapellbrucke - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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