TIL waffle cones, reclining chairs, and playgrounds were all popularized in America as a result of the tuberculosis epidemic of the early 1900s.

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  1. Wow, look at all the ways people changed their behavior in order to prevent the spread of disease! They changed the way they dressed, they changed their facial hair, they stopped spitting in public. It’s like they actually cared!

  2. Two uncles lived with life altering limps from polio. A great uncle died of tb.

    We have been through all of this before. The only difference is republicans are now making it about freedom instead of helping and protecting each other.

    Monsters

  3. My father was a fresh air fanatic because of the threat of tuberculosis when he was young. Even in the middle of winter (in Canada!), he’d always have the window open a crack.

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