Ohh-ohh, fleas on rats, fleas on rats

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Above is a rather odd song about the Black Death. I'll warn you, the "fleas on rats" chorus is liable to get stuck in your head, I know it drove me nuts as I merrily hummed it for a day or two.

It's from a series of educational songs produced to introduce various subjects in high school (at least that's what I gather from the comments). I don't know how well they work, but I imagine they are pretty good for kicking off a lecture on a given topic. People younger then me fondly remember Schoolhouse Rock from Saturday mornings, I suspect the generation now in high school will have fond memories of these.

It is from a YouTube channel called historyteachers (History for Music Lovers). If you go there you can find more of their video efforts.

Along with the Black Death one, I quite liked Copernicus ("Because" by the Beatles).


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I HEARD THIS SONG IN MY HISTORY CLASS SO FUNNY

Sweedie-The-Cat said...

To see all 52 awesome history videos, go here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/historyteachers/videos

Their Official TEDX Hawaii Presentation, Nov 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44jxjM_7jnY

The Creativity Salon Interview (With the late great Neil Tepper)
Ignore the first 1.5 mins, as it is some sort of commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmcuo1Uf_TE&feature=player_embedded#

Here is one young lady who was inspired by them to make her own videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/sarahjoygordonpdx
http://www.youtube.com/user/sarahjoygordonpdx/videos

If you want to see some other neat videos go see:

Another good history link (Hip Hughes, Buffalo, NY), not related to the history teachers), is here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/hughesDV

Here is a good math/science link (Mr.Edmonds), not related, either), is here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/dsecms

Then, there is Dan Rojas at Green Power Science on YouTube
(Kids, do not try this stuff at home, ok!)
http://www.youtube.com/user/GREENPOWERSCIENCE/videos

And if you are into farming...
http://www.youtube.com/user/onelonleyfarmer/videos

Also, if all you want is Amy Burvall's Voice Blowing your Mind Away, sans Video:
http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=Amy+Burvall

Me? Just a fan of several of these people, and spreading the word to good things to see and hear!
Thanks!
Pete