From the 1600s weekly summaries of mortality statistics were published in London. Some of the causes listed are now obscure. If you're seriously interested in understanding the archaic terms don't watch this YouTube video .
Never thought to see humor in a short lecture on mortality, but it was amusing, cheered up my day.
It's funny......but I'm tempted to ask Mr Baddiel if he'd laugh were someone to say: Death lists for 1943 - Holocaust - a million people died falling into an underfloor heating system.
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