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A writer at Museum Hack explores whether Pope Gregory IX ordered “a medieval purge of black cats,” thus leading to the Bubonic Plague. The short answer appears to be no.

Still, says the writer: “Even those among us who love cats (not me, I like dogs) freely admit that they are mercurial and probably evil animals that deal death for fun and would eat our eyes if they got the chance.”