it came through my twitter feed recently - rats did not cause the black death.
this information is of particular interest to diana, who believes that rats have suffered much maligning due to the story that the bacteria on fleas on rats spread the bubonic plague.
thank goodness for the historians and archaeologists and forensic scientists whose curiosity would not permit them to rest until they uncovered more evidence. if you are interested, as i know you are, take a look at the guardian article here. it outlines and summarizes quite nicely, i think.
i bet what you'd really like, though, are cute pictures of our own little boys, prince ivan and sheldon. you're most welcome.