During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
Mission fucking accomplished
Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. [Removed a non-fact from here. See note at the bottom!]
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!
EDIT: I don’t know whether this will show up on anyone else’s posts, but I did get one thing wrong that I’d like to correct. There’s been a commentary and more facts added here! Check it out! We’ve now got wandering hordes of Germans whipping themselves! (No seriously this is a thing that happened)
I THOUGHT SHE HAD A COOL FAKE LEG.
WHAT IN THE SHIT.
Went to the annual black light party. Left with a big hickey. It was nice and red when I hopped in the shower this morning. It was a nice make out session.
“I also thank Angelina for dressing in hijab while she visited not just Iraqi refugees but refugees in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only did she look good in it, she showed respect and appreciation for their culture and religion and made sure that the focus was not on her looks but rather her mission.”
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Doughnuts are bad for you.
awesome job, Krispy Kreme
I’m pretty sure a krispy kreme ad just summarized my views on health better than I can.
son these grades are unacceptable
well maybe if you’d stop eating my fucking homework dad
I SWEAR TO GOD
I SWEAR TO GOD
Girl all you gotta do is divide 48 by four it’s literally the easiest part
No but for real though, stripping is SO MUCH MATH if you’re doing it “by the books” and want to have a life that isn’t just cash and drugs.
If you want to get by, and not piss anoyone off, you have to remember to tip out between 10 and 20% of certain parts of your earnings.
Of your earnings, you have to break it down to your VIP dance sales (10-20% of which goes to your VIP host), then your regular floor dance sales and your VIP sales that a floor host helps you make (usually by seating you with a good customer) is 10-20% depending on just how much that host helped you out. Then you’ve got your VIP sales and your stage tips, 10-15% of which goes to your DJ unless you have a mandatory DJ tipout that is taken off your housefee at the beginning of the night (which you also need to account for in your total take home), and then a total 10-20% of your take home earnings that goes to your housemom.
THEN, you need to set aside 15-25% of whatever you take home for your taxes. You’re a 1099/Independent Contractor, so the club doesn’t do your taxes for you. That’s between you and the IRS. Now, if you want to report ALL of your earnings, that’s fine and nice and honest. But realistically, you report about 50-60% of what you make so you can avoid paying a SHIT LOAD of taxes. You need to save your reciepts for certain expenses, which are technically write-offs — things like a percentage of your gas and your cell phone and some of your clothes and hair products and general “personal maintenance” things; but you need to understand that only SOME of that is a write off and know what is what.
Also ensure that you’re putting some of your money away for retirement, since you don’t get that from the club either. And you need to build a savings AND make sure you’re setting aside money for bills and whatnot.
That’s not even including the basic counting you’re doing while you’re working. That’s counting songs to be sure you’re getting paid the proper amount for your floor dances, keeping track of your tips you make on top of dances and VIP’s, and THAT isn’t taking into account if your club does bottle sales and gives the dancer a percentage — which is a whole other beast. Also your stage tips and whatnot, keeping track of which customers are spending what and who you should spend your time with or when to just call it a night because you’re not making the money you need or want.
It’s not some fluff job. It’s really not.
…and THAT’S not even getting into the psychology. This is the extra shit. The real job is the sales and psychology behind it all, but we won’t get into that.
Oh and keep in mind that your options for keeping track of all your earnings is
a) mostly mental
b) mostly counted in the dark. Because counting your money in a full dressing room is rude so finding an empty corner on the floor (or on the tail end of a room) is typically more viable.
Also, if you get ladies drinks at a club you keep track of those and deduct it from what you owe the club. But you have to take other expenses into account like if your club doesn’t provide free parking for employees.
And if you start negotiating on prices for dances, that’ll affect the math too.
Thank you for this. I have been thinking about stripping for a while now
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
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Rest in peace, Madiba.
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