Whoa, just learned that this Roman dude Marcus Terentius Varro had the germ theory of disease in 27 BC:

"...there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases."

Lucky guess? or... TIME TRAVELER?

@nindokag Gotta be a time traveller. He wrote in perfect English even before it was a language!

@nindokag late to the party, but not only did he theorize the germ theory of disease, but he also claimed that the most compact partition of a plane was through a hexagonal lattice (e.g. the way to divide up a piece of paper into equally sized cells, using the least amount of ink, is to draw a bunch of hexagons like a bee hive). This would later be proven to be true... using a computer in 1990

@Hiram Cool, thanks for sharing that!

So the bees had the right answer all along...

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