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Or possibly not. As I read in the Sunday Times magazine today, in 1793, in Wilbad, Germany, 13 people shared a sausage. (Must have been a bloody big porker or very slim rations.) Within hours they became seriously ill and six of them died.

Their disease became known as botulism, coined from the Latin word for sausage — botulus, although this site says it was black pudding, yum-yum. And had it been boiled (as it should be) they might have been saved.

As a long ago drinking buddy would have had it, “Who’d a’ thowt it.”

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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