One of the most distinctive masks worn during the Carnival of Venice is “Il Medico della Peste,” or “The Plague Doctor.” But the distinctive bone-white mask and black clothing was actually the 17th century equivalent of a biocontainment suit. Albeit one based on very shaky science.
Sadly, this is not an April Fool's prank. We've long known that the city of Venice is slowly sinking into its own watery grave. While city officials thought they had halted Venice's descent, it turns out that the city is still sinking — and five times faster than originally believed.
Long before the canals of Venice sprung up in the swamps of the Adriatic, the ancient Egyptians are said to have used their own waterways to build an entire city into the Nile River. Now at last, we might actually find it.
What if the waters of the Thames rose so high that the streets of London turned into waterways? This series of images envisions turn-of-the-century London as a second Venice, with gondolas cruising past the familiar landmarks.