Fascinating video looks into the dark and dreary history of the Grim Reaper

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Jun 2, 2017, 2:50 PM EDT (Updated)

The silhouette of the Grim Reaper is a universally recognized symbol of death that Hollywood has been capitalizing on for over 100 years.

With its ominous hooded cloak, menacing scythe and outstretched skeletal hand beckoning mortals into the nether realm, this sinister harbinger of doom has been seen in drawings, etchings, woodcarvings, sculptures, murals, tapestries and triptychs since the beginning of medieval times. Its origins are linked to the the horrifying 13th-century events of the Black Death, but The New Yorker has exposed more of the truth behind the Grim Reaper's looming presence in our lives in the revealing video below, taking us on a tour of the character as seen in its famous cartoons for 80 years.

Have a peek and tell us which depiction of Death makes you laugh the most.

(Via Dread Central)