Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Well, Jordanne and Judi Take a Trip was a bust, so you will be spared the follow-up, Jordanne and Judi Visit Goofy, and hearing Jordanne exclaim "Snot is splendid!"

On a totally different subject, Judi has been sick, and that resulted in this conversation:

Me: I think you have H1N1 flu.

Judi: Whatever happened to calling it swine flu?

Me: I don't know. Maybe it didn't really come from pigs. Or maybe pigs felt like they were being disrespected. But anyway, you're supposed to call it H1N1 now.

Judi: H1N1 sounds silly.

Me: I guess it means something to scientists.

Judi: But most people aren't scientists. But you remember leetspeak? If you look at it that way, it spells "hiney," so it would be the "hiney flu." Doesn't that make more sense?

It does. So if you see an old guy with glasses and without much hair talking about the Hiney Flu?

That would be me.

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If I remember correctly, the move to stop calling it swine flu came after the government of one country (I think it was Egypt) started slaughtering their pigs to contain the outbreak. I believe the swine industry wasn't too happy with the designation either. There was a short-lived suggestion to call it Mexican Flu since that was the country of origin, but the Mexican tourist board nixed that idea. I guess there is no H1N1 lobby.

I heard on NPR that there has only been one case of pig to human transfer of H1N1, and in that case it was the pig that got sick after being exposed to the human. It sounds like one of those too good to be true stories.

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