Guys I just saw this on youtube and honestly it is quite spooky. In this TED talk posted to youtube back in 2015 Bill Gates is talking about how an infectious disease could kill more people than a nuclear war. He uses as an example the Spanish Flu of 1918 and at time stamp 4.57 his infographic displays the total dead to be.. get this... 33,365,533 at day 263. Fuck. Start with the big number obviously there is 33 there twice but also the numbers in the middle are pretty freaky. 6+5 is 11 so you could read 365 as 3x6+5 = 33. The 533 at the end adds up to 11 which again is handy for making 33 out any of the 3s there. Even day 263 is funky because 263 adds up to 11 and if you divide the 6 by the 2 you get 3 which with the 3 on the end makes 33. That all could be just some freaky coincidence but where did he get such freaky precise numbers... Think about it, the Spanish flu happened 100 years ago all over the world. Most of the world is not keeping accurate records at that time, and they still are not today. There is no way you could have such a precise number or such a precise end date. The most accurate you could realistically be is to estimate something like 30 million or so after x months.
I tried to find another source for the number that perished in the Spanish Flu and I get this:
Nancy Bristow's book "American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic" (Oxford University Press, 2016) explains that the virus affected as many as 500 million people around the world. At the time, this represented a third of the global population. As many as 50 million people died from the virus, though the true figure is thought to be even higher.
Note the loose numbers "as many as 50 million", "thought to be even higher". That is more realistic kind of language for the death count.
Call me paranoid but this is a bit whiffy.
the best experts put the death toll from the spanish flu from anywhere between 21 million and 100 million.. Bill Gates: 33,365,533