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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Swine Flu. Yes, I Said Swine Flu. Pass the Bacon

Jon Hunter expresses his deep concern about the darned media that persists in referring to H1N1 as "swine flu." Calling it swine flu, says Hunter, "causes confusion and likely contributes to some people not eating pork products for fear of contracting the virus."

Obviously we need a fine slew of swine flu euphemisms... lest pork producers whine and sue.

It grinds my gourd that we have masses of media muckrakers calling the President of the United States of America all sorts of things he isn't—Communist, socialist, Kenyan—and that's all fine and dandy. But refer to a virus by a name that might threaten the price of bacon, and see the editorials fly!

And the funny thing is, even the CDC calls H1N1 swine flu and says it is "of swine origin."

Swine flu. H1N1. Whatever. You can't catch it from eating pork; you're probably a greater danger to your pigs (and ferrets). Now pass the bacon.


  1. The fine slew may be the best lines I've read in a long time (and I just finished two Christopher Moore books). It works in that it rhymes, it works in that you just switched the first letters, and there was even a nice little closer. Well done.

  2. This misunderstanding is what happens when people lack a good science education.

    Or possibly the price of hogs has gone down for completely different reasons. Didn't the economy tank about a year ago? Didn't the prices of all agricultural commodities tank along with it?

  3. Never eat rare pork Bill. Always order it well done.


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