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Tuesday, Jul. 17th, 2007
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Middle Ages Survival Rate
Shamus Young suggested a question today: how long would you have lived if your life was in the Middle Ages?
Ignore all the general risks - like typhoid or the plague or cholera - that everyone would have faced in general. Let’s assume you were lucky and missed those. (Unless by some chance you actually DID face one of them in your life.) Also ignore the fact that your deadly injury might have been caused by modern technology, like an auto accident. Just pretend you were trampled by a horse or something. So, given the injuries and illness you’ve faced in your life so far: Did you make it? Would you have survived to your current age?

For the record? I'd be a definite Darwin Award.

ETA 20070718T0941-0400: Shamus Young has a live-dead count on his blog, now – for this one, we got:
IntactNone so far.
Bits Missingpackbat
Deadhallan
baldanders
feech
kirabug and spouse
baxil

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From:hallan
Date:2007/07/17 1255 (UTC)
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Dead in infancy. Asthma. Pneumonia 5 times before age 5.

Hallan
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From:baldanders
Date:2007/07/17 1444 (UTC)
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I'd have died of asthma by the time I was two.
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From:feech
Date:2007/07/17 1634 (UTC)
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Wouldn't have made it past infancy, most likely, because of a febrile seizure... if I did live past toddlerhood, infections would have taken my hearing and maybe killed me. I most likely wouldn't have made it.
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From:kirabug
Date:2007/07/17 2244 (UTC)
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As it was I almost died during birth, so no, I probably wouldn't be here.

And hell, when my husband was born the life expectancy for CF was still like 13, and that was 30 years ago, so he was totally doomed in the middle ages.
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From:baxil
Date:2007/07/20 1014 (UTC)
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Dead at 17; acute appendicitis.
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