[IMGCAP(1)]In 410 AD the Visigoths laid siege on Rome, eventually sacking the city and raping and killing thousands of its inhabitants.

In the 14th century the bubonic plague was responsible for an estimated hundred million deaths across Europe, or 30 percent of the world’s population. Over the course of a hundred days in 1994 an estimated 800,000 citizens were murdered in Rwanda as a result of political infighting. And over the past four months Pittsburgh Pirates fans have watched their team lose more games than any other team in baseball.

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