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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Begone, swine!

Is anybody else tired of hearing about the pig flu? For god's sake, 50 people in America have contracted it so far. 50. I've had college classes larger than that. Wintery flu season has more people with flu than that. And nobody in America has died from pig flu yet, and my bet is nobody will. About 150 people have died in Mexico, roughly 40 of those deaths confirmed as being pig flu. Why have they died and we haven't? No one is sure, but my guess is that Mexico is a poorer country with lower health standards than America.

So let's just talk about something else already.



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15 comments:

Stacy said...

Actually, I'm pretty sure that swine flu will kill us all. Or so my mother assures me. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Claire said...

Changing topics, I'd like to discuss this large quantity of minor financial surcharges I've amassed, or as I like to call it, the fine slew.

heidikins said...

Amen to that!

My company sent out a memo that anyone with flu-like symptoms was not to come to work until the symptoms were gone. They would not be required to use PTO. Managers would not be allowed to write-up the unplanned absence or any missed goals due to "possible swine flu"-itis.

Sigh...I so wish I could justify not coming to work the rest of the week.

xox

Sra said...

Hmm... I would be tempted to call in to the office with flu-like symptoms just to get some free time off! But only if we were having a springy Utah day, and not this Winter2.0 bullshit that's been going around. Now THAT'S pandemic!

Erin said...

I get sick of all TV health coverage. They get all hepped up over every little thing because they're afraid to tell their viewers, "You need to start thinking of yourselves as the lazy-ass gluttons that you are."

Heidikins - that's hilarious, especially given your employer's history as a sick-time Scrooge.

[sbg] said...

I wonder if UIC will let me out of my thesis if I report flu-like symptoms...

Trovan said...

I thought 'swine flew' was the past tense of 'when pigs fly'.

Sra said...

When I was a kid, teachers used to encourage us to read the news and be informed. I'm not sure if the news back then was any different than it is today, but these days, I think it's generally best to avoid the news unless you want to buy into hysteria.

Swine flew. Ah ha hah!

Dena said...

I love the "swine flew" bit. Nice.

B.R. said...

Was talking to my Dad earlier and this is what he had to say apropos, this. Thought you'd appreciate:
"The poor pigs are getting a bum rap when all they did is make a minor but needed contribution to the construction of an avian/human genome - Let's have a ham and cheese of rye, please!"

Mocha said...

I was sick of it (no pun) almost as soon as I heard because SARS and Avian Flu and a plethora of other ones came to mind and now that we live in a viral society (OMG I swear I'm not doing this on purpose!) we spread information much faster.

Anyway, no more bad puns. I'm over the hyped up media scaring the crap out of us.

Sra said...

Mmmm ham and cheese on rye with a fresh side of pun.

natabird said...

I'm with you. The media has frightened people silly and it's ridiculous.

Mocha said...

I was sick of it (no pun) almost as soon as I heard because SARS and Avian Flu and a plethora of other ones came to mind and now that we live in a viral society (OMG I swear I'm not doing this on purpose!) we spread information much faster.

Anyway, no more bad puns. I'm over the hyped up media scaring the crap out of us.

Sra said...

Hmm... I would be tempted to call in to the office with flu-like symptoms just to get some free time off! But only if we were having a springy Utah day, and not this Winter2.0 bullshit that's been going around. Now THAT'S pandemic!

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