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Let's Rename Swine Flu As "Colbert Flu"

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the or-maybe-a-treadmill-on-the-virus-surface dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 607

Bruce Perens writes "The World Health Organization will no longer refer to Virus A(H1N1) as 'Swine Flu,' citing ethnic reactions to 'swine,' for example among middle-eastern cultures who feel that swine are unclean. Or, is it because meat packers are concerned that people might stop eating pork in fear of the virus? WHO suggests that the public select a new name for the virus. I suggest that we all start calling it The Colbert Flu, after the comedian and fake pundit who asked his audience to stuff a NASA poll so that a Space Station module would be named after him. What can we do to make the name stick?"

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607 comments

Dear Bruce... (4, Insightful)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787439)

Call it the Colbert flu? I don't think so. Colbert was just being funny, which is his job. It's why people watch him, and why they'll go so far as to stuff a poll. Plus, it was good publicity for the space station, led to an astronaut on his show, and even the naming of some widget or other after him. Treadmill? Whatever.

Anyway, Colbert is generally a positive influence. His "fake punditry" is pungent social comment, with the intent of nudging the his audience to think about these issues. While being funny, which keeps them coming back. All in all, a good thing. So I don't think naming a killer flu after him is appropriate. Entirely the wrong set of connotations, you see.

Flus are annoying, they show up wether you want them to or not, right in the middle of something else you were doing. Vaguely similar to your suggestion we name a nasty flu after a cool guy showing up on slashdot.

So in honor of your annoying and inappropriate post, I'm simply going to counter-suggest that we name H1N1 after you instead: The "Perens Flu." Does that seem fair to you?

Re:Dear Bruce... (4, Funny)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787485)

Flus are annoying, they show up wether you want them to or not, right in the middle of something else you were doing.

Ok, so how about The Thompson Flu.

Re:Dear Bruce... (4, Funny)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787533)

How about the kdawson flu?

=Smidge=

Re:Dear Bruce... (5, Funny)

Thornburg (264444) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787711)

How about the kdawson flu?

=Smidge=

I second that motion.

Re:Dear Bruce... (5, Funny)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787869)

Try to exercise a bit of sensitivity... they're concerned that a disease is named after something that is unclean.

Perhaps they would like the Purity Flu?

Re:Dear Bruce... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787965)

Actually, I'd vote for Smidge flu.

Re:Dear Bruce... (1)

immakiku (777365) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787555)

Let's not forget that there was an avenue by which people can easily vote to name the space module "Colbert". This seems like a poorly thought out prank you're pulling. At least you disguised it under some action news.

Re:Dear Bruce... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787557)

Flus are annoying

Sounds like a perfect reason to name it after Colbert!

And perhaps when some strain of flu emerges that turns one into a pompous ass, we can name it after you.

Re:Dear Bruce... (4, Interesting)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787569)

Heh, Colbert might go for it though...The whole massively self-aggrandizing nature of his stage personality would eat it up.

Be a lot easier to just call it the "Mexico Influenza" though. That's pretty much the standard for these things.

Re:Dear Bruce... (5, Funny)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787733)

Flus are annoying, they show up wether you want them to or not, right in the middle of something else you were doing.

Mother-in-law flu?

Re:Dear Bruce... (4, Interesting)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787793)

Anyway, Colbert is generally a positive influence. His "fake punditry" is pungent social comment, with the intent of nudging the his audience to think about these issues. While being funny, which keeps them coming back. All in all, a good thing.

Good, except some people can't tell the difference [sagepub.com]

Re:Dear Bruce... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787847)

Since you're suggesting to change the name to colbert flu.., why not take it upon yourself and call it perens' flu!

Re:Dear Bruce... (5, Funny)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787893)

Well, I felt that with Colbert's desire to have multiple things named after him, the list of things is here [pastemagazine.com] , there would be a sort of "symmetry" to naming something that he would not want after him.

Obviously a simple influenza virus is insufficient to name after me. I'd want to have named after me an itch that you can't reach and slowly drives you crazy.

Who is Colbert? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787453)

Who is Colbert? // not American // Swine Flu is worldwide.

Re:Who is Colbert? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787669)

Dilberts cousin?

Other news: an outbreak of political correctness (2, Funny)

levell (538346) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787463)

Given the pandemic of meaning obscuring, "politically correct" names, I'm surprised that swine flu hasn't been renamed to "porcine repressing influenza" or some such.

I've got it! (1)

Kid Zero (4866) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787477)

What can we do to make the name stick?

Duct Tape it to Colbert. That'll work.

+1 Vote for Mexican Flu (1, Insightful)

alta (1263) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787495)

Lets make it obvious where this came from, to give people a good idea not to go there!

It was good enough for the spanish flu, why must we be so damn politically correct.

Oh, and why the hell haven't we closed our borders? Horse out of the barn? That's insane! Even if that was a valid reason, we should still keep the borders closed to keep them from overloading our hospitals!

Re:+1 Vote for Mexican Flu (4, Informative)

downix (84795) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787585)

Unfortunately for us, the origin of the flu is turning out to be from the United States, not Mexico. So, the USA Flu then you are suggesting?

Re:+1 Vote for Mexican Flu (1, Insightful)

Diss Champ (934796) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787615)

We've never managed to close the Mexican border to illegal entry - closing it to legal entry would be a pointless inconvenience to those who can currently legally cross it.

Spanish flu came from the US (3, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787803)

A book, you should read it.

Buy a clue (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787897)

It came from Swine.

Also, the Spanish Flu did not originate in Spain, it originated in the far east.

"Oh, and why the hell haven't we closed our borders? Horse out of the barn? "

No, it would be pointless at this time. 3 weeks ago it would ahve made sense.

"we should still keep the borders closed to keep them from overloading our hospitals!"

ah, you're a bigot. No wonder there was no thought put into your post. It's just an excuse for your hate.

Colbert != comedian (-1, Flamebait)

crivens (112213) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787501)

I'm sorry but "Colbert" and "Comedian" only belong in the sentence if the words between them are "is not a ". Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

Re:Colbert != comedian (2, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787577)

Are you a conservative by any chance?

Re:Colbert != comedian (-1, Troll)

dreamt (14798) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787633)

If you've ever been unfortunate enough to listen to the people he is mocking, you'd understand. O'Reilly and Limbaugh are miserable attempts at human beings that he is parodying.

Re:Colbert != comedian (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787647)

Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

Maybe you're English? Shouldn't you be a little more certain of that kind of thing?

In any case, we Americans don't always get your humor. Does that mean it's not actually funny to you too?

Re:Colbert != comedian (1)

SputnikPanic (927985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787695)

Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

When will you know for sure whether you're English?

Seriously, you don't have to be English not to get him. This plain ol' American doesn't get him either -- and finds him irritating as hell too.

Re:Colbert != comedian (5, Informative)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787775)

I'm sorry but "Colbert" and "Comedian" only belong in the sentence if the words between them are "is not a ". Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

Colbert is an example of cultural humor. The Colbert character is a parody of American right-wing demagogues.

Unless you are familiar with those demagogues, you'll not understand the comedy.

It's like slashdot humor. Unless you're familiar with the memes, the subject matter, and the jokes that have come before, 3/4 of the jokes just won't be funny to you.

That's the problem with humor... little of it is universal (not even poop jokes are universal, as some cultures don't have the same hang-ups about doody that we do). Slapstick is probably the only truly universal humor.

Re:Colbert != comedian (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787903)

It's like slashdot humor. Unless you're familiar with the memes, the subject matter, and the jokes that have come before, 3/4 of the jokes just won't be funny to you.

I am familiar with the memes, the subject matter, and the jokes that have come before, and 4/4 of them still aren't funny.

Re:Colbert != comedian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787783)

I'm sorry but "Colbert" and "Comedian" only belong in the sentence if the words between them are "is not a ". Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

It's likely that you don't "get him". In fact, many Americans don't get him. You have to be versed in American politics and American political media to understand the dark humor of it all.

If you don't get it, it's likely because you aren't quite as engaged in the nonsense of American politics.

Consider yourself lucky.

Re:Colbert != comedian (1)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787849)

I'm sorry but "Colbert" and "Comedian" only belong in the sentence if the words between them are "is not a ". Maybe I'm English and I just don't get him....

I think you have to suffer through large exposure of American news before Colbert's humor would make any sense.

Reddit had it right (5, Funny)

MBCook (132727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787517)

"Bacon Lung"

Much better name.

Re:Reddit had it right (5, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787693)

+1 vote for Bacon Lung. That's awesome.

Re:Reddit had it right (1)

JimXugle (921609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787811)

+1 More for Bacon Lung.

Let's not (4, Insightful)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787527)

Let's call it "H1N1" flu. You know, like, what it is actually called BY SCIENCE!

Re:Let's not (5, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787575)

You know, science doesn't take too kindly to being anthropomorphized.

Re:Let's not (2, Insightful)

nausea_malvarma (1544887) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787687)

Let's call it swine flu. You know, like what everyone else calls it and knows it by! I fear if all the sudden the media starts calling this H1N1, everybody will get confused, perhaps thinking h1n1 is distinct from swine flu. Calling something by it's scientific name isn't always the best choice for non-scientists. Take animals for instance - few use an animal's scientific name outside of scientific discussions.

Swine flu offends me ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787933)

I think we should call it "Mohammad <3 Piggies Virus".

Re:Let's not (0, Flamebait)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787759)

Oh you mean the same SCIENCE that almost named a space station module "Serenity" after a tampon.

Re:Let's not (4, Informative)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787929)

I assumed it was after "Serenity" from the Firefly series.

Re:Let's not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787861)

To call it "H1N1" is a vast simplification. The Spanish flu was also of the "H1N1" strain, but these two viruses carry different genetic information, which gives them different transmissability, for instance.

Re:Let's not (0)

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Re:Let's not (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787891)

Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it? The name "swine flu" is out there now and any attempt to change it will be futile.

Re:Let's not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787939)

No no no, we need something more approachable than H1N1 or Swine Flu. May I suggest Fluffy Pink Bunny Flu?

Re:Let's not (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787973)

Well, that's a little confusing, it's just naming the two proteins.
The Spanish Flu(originated in the far east, btw) is also aH1N1 variety. That doesn't mean it will be the as contagious or deadly as the Spanish Flu.

Call it swine flu, educate people on why. Don't try to dodge peoples ignorance and stupidity. It is a losing game that leads to more ignorance and stupidity.

Re:Let's not (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27788013)

I don't get why anyone would object to "swine flu".

Let me see if I understand the logic here: You think pigs are unclean, and therefore you object to naming a deadly virus that thrives in unclean environments after them. Wha?

I could understand objecting to it if it were called "Puppy and Kitty Cat Flu", or if we were trying to name a new translation of the Koran the "Swine Koran", but this is just ridiculous.

I Prefer Wet-Back Flu (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787545)

Because it enters your country by any means necessary.

Choosing name on similarity (5, Funny)

Gorm the DBA (581373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787559)

Let's see....

Characteristics of a flu...

  • Overrated in impact
  • makes you feel sick if you come in contact with it
  • Those who pay the least attention to science will be impacted by it the worst
  • makes you feel much better once you're beyond it
  • Costs the nation billions of dollars in lost productivity
  • invades countries without any concern for borders
  • the world would be a better place without it.

given all these, the choice is obvious...

I hereby dub this latest flu the CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FLU

Re:Choosing name on similarity (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787697)

hmmm... given those symptoms, it sounds like this would be a little more appropriate name; SLASHDOT FLU

And this is news because? (0)

fataugie (89032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787561)

WTF?

Re:And this is news because? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787699)

This is news because it is a reference to 2 previous news postings on slashdot. You must have missed them so I will fill you in quickly:

What goes around comes around.

The Colbert Space Station (-1, Flamebait)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787565)

BP asks: What can we do to make the name stick?

Just start an "online phenomenon" in which anyone who refers to "The International Space Station" rather than as "The Colbert Space Station" is treated as though they had just referred to Barack Obama as "That Nigger President".

That'll teach 'em to ignore The Will of the People.

Yes, it's important that deadly viruses. . . (4, Funny)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787571)

Not be named after 'unclean' animals after all. I only get kosher diseases, thank you very much!

Re:Yes, it's important that deadly viruses. . . (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787675)

I only get halal diseases, you insensitive clod!

Re:Yes, it's important that deadly viruses. . . (2, Funny)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 5 years ago | (#27788031)

Niether of you know what you are missing.

Sure swine may be dirty, and their flu may be bad but....

fucking bacon. Whats wrong with you people? Seriously.... bacon comes from swine! How can you heathens deny the one true breakfast meat!

-Steve

Re:Yes, it's important that deadly viruses. . . (1)

memeplex (910698) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787867)

A pig flew? A lot of other things must certainly happen now.

Re:Yes, it's important that deadly viruses. . . (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787919)

I think the idea is, if it's known as swine flu among people who believe that contact with a swine makes one unclean, those who become ill with it will be less likely to seek treatment and more likely to be ostracized for contracting it.

No, it's not a rational issue, but then how often are people rational, especially those living in areas most likely to be hit by an uncontrolled outbreak of this.

wild panic flu (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787581)

it has a certain realism to it

Just tell Colbert your idea... (4, Informative)

FingerDemon (638040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787599)

His running joke is that he will sell out in nearly any way to get his name out there. He'd probably love the idea and go on his show next week and urge viewers to write to WHO to ask for the rename.

Re:Just tell Colbert your idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787721)

His running joke is that he will sell out in nearly any way to get his name out there. He'd probably love the idea and go on his show next week and urge viewers to write to WHO to ask for the rename.

Exactly!!! He will make the WHO more famous that it's ever been. Millions of people who have never heard of it will sign on to vote for him. WHO will feign outrage, but privately they'll love him for it.

Why don't we... (1)

cwiegmann24 (1476667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787601)

Have a worldwide online poll to name it, and allow write-in submissions...

Re:Why don't we... (2, Funny)

tim_darklighter (822987) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787957)

Have a worldwide online poll to name it, and allow write-in submissions...

I think I might actually write in "Xenu flu" for that. It even rhymes!

Flu (1)

russell.sawyer (310614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787631)

To make it stick, you need an on-line naming contest or maybe put "Colbert Flu" on a wrist band and send it to Colbert.

Rejected names (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787635)

Wilbur's flu Flu Z Montezuma's revenge Tequila flu Panic flu Non-Kosher/Non-Halal flu One flu over the cuckoo's nest

Ethnic Reactions? (1)

billlava (1270394) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787653)

I understand that some cultures feel swine are unclean, however, most cultures (including my own) also feel that the flu is unclean... so what's the issue with referring to the animal believed to have been the one that passed the virus along to humans?

Re:Ethnic Reactions? (1)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787779)

See my post regarding The Plight of the Copts [slashdot.org] .

Martian Death Flu (0, Offtopic)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787655)

Screw accuracy and mitigating fears, "Martian Death Flu" is what this world needs.

The Plight of the Copts (5, Informative)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787657)

There is a real problem in Egypt, which is persecuting its Coptic Christians by slaughtering their pigs. A minority in Egypt are Christian, the word "Copt" refers to their Egyptian ethnicity.

Some of the Copts farm pork, which the majority of Egyptian Islamic citizens (and their powerful clerics) feel are unclean. The Copts feed the pigs by recycling garbage, compounding their unclean nature in the eyes of Islamics. So, the Egyptians are slaughtering the pigs in the fear that they are influenza vectors.

We don't actually know that the pig is a vector for the virus at all. Thus, the Egyptian slaughters are unwarranted. We do know that human-to-human contact is a problem this time. The pigs are where influenza genes are often mixed, because they are susceptible to avian, human, and swine viruses. There probably was one pig-to-human transmission at the beginning of this epidemic, but there isn't evidence of continuing transmission after that.

The Copts are persecuted like most religious minorities in religious states. You don't see many of them in government (and none in high positions) or education. They don't often get government permission to build churches, and in 2007 there were Islamic riots because the people around the Copts thought they wanted to build a church. They need government permission to perform religious services.

The bottom line here is that the Egyptians, by slaughtering the pigs, remove the livelyhood of the Copts. They aren't promising to restore that livelyhood.

Re:The Plight of the Copts (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787959)

Unfortunately, that situation is also a case of too late. If there were any traction for cooler heads in Egypt, they wouldn't have come out with a plan to slaughter uninfected pigs, so some wily Westerners trying to deflect attention away from pigs now isn't all that likely to matter.

Re:The Plight of the Copts (2, Insightful)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 5 years ago | (#27788025)

So, let me get this straight:

Egyptian majority generally persecutes Egyptian minority.

Swine Flu hits and the Egyptian majority uses that as an excuse to further persecute that minority.

Changing the name of the flu is going to stop one demographic - who actively searches for ways to persecute the other - from persecuting a second demographic? How?

I mean, I understand the linkage between the poor choice of name and the current mechanism of persecution, but it seems like you're implying that changing the name would make all persecution stop... which is something I don't agree with.

Either that, or you're hoping that you'll be able to convince the Egyptian Islamic community to slaughter Colbert... ;-)

!story (1)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787667)

Not a story but a goof...

Prescott Pharmaceuticals (3, Funny)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787673)

You can bet that Prescott Pharmaceuticals is working on a nostrum to exploit this latest panic. Includes such side effects as trotter lip, spleen bristles, and toe hams.

BTW.. I'm a Colbert too, you insensitive clods!

My Submission (4, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787679)

Space herpes. Let's try it on:

"I can't come in to work today. I have space herpes."

"Some guy on the subway gave me space herpes."

"CNN Reporting today that another 35 cases of space herpes have surfaced in New York."

Re:My Submission (1)

spooje (582773) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787781)

Your boss will ask if you've been watching the Syfy network again.

Call it "Outbreak" (1)

janwedekind (778872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787707)

and create a WHO video clip featuring Dustin Hoffman who explains that nobody needs to be worried.

Here's an idea (5, Insightful)

shma (863063) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787713)

How about we stop giving stupid suggestions their own Slashdot articles?

Better name (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787715)

'Serious Pandemic Infection Crisis' flu.

mild v. wild (1)

memeplex (910698) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787719)

W.H.O. says only about 10 dead. This pig/bird/human virus is said to be fairly mild, for now. Not airborne, and generally not lethal. I think "H1N1" is fine for now. Remember that plain old human flu killed 30,000 last year in the U.S. alone. I'll commence duct taping my doors and windows... NOW.

Not just concerned (1)

necro81 (917438) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787725)

Or, is it because meat packers are concerned that people might stop eating pork in fear of the virus?

Meat packers aren't just concerned about it - it is [npr.org] in fact [wsj.com] actually [nytimes.com] happening [npr.org] . Plenty of people genuinely (and jokingly [xkcd.com] ) think that eating pork products is a way to get this disease.

Public health officials have to live in the real world, where irrational behavior, fear, hysteria, and misinformation are enemies as big as disease itself. If referring to it as "H1N1 Influenza" rather than "Swine Flu" gets people to smarten up about it, and has the benefit of reducing damage to the meat industry, then so be it.

Suggestion 10041313 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787745)

Arriba Flu

I'm all for it (0, Troll)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787747)

The man, and I use the term loosely, is a pig, so it is fitting.

Swine Flew? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787749)

Colbert needs to stop hogging the spotlight - sure, he's got a nice cable sow and millions of adoring fans, but people are going to get boared fast if he continues to keep bacon for things to be named after him. It's snout comedy, it's egoism. Real comedy is about making clever puns and having everyone hate you for it.

Edit the wiki (3, Funny)

spooje (582773) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787757)

How about editing the Wiki page to call it the Colbert flu. And while we're at it let's say the flu is a direct result of saving all the elephants.

Now to be called "Pandemic Influenza Germ" (3, Funny)

presidenteloco (659168) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787787)

Or P.I.G. Flu

- suggested by CBC radio's "The Current" program this morning.

WHO Flu? (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787841)

If we're going to do euphemisms, let's show the WHO what we think and call it the WHO Flu.

Let's not (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787865)

And just say we did.

It's all about a good acronym. (1)

ROMRIX (912502) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787873)

I submit to you, the Colbert Flu;
Contagious Olfactory Limiting Breathable Express Retrovirus Transmission Flu

Bacon is good (0)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787889)

"citing ethnic reactions to 'swine'"

Hmmmm. In my culture, swine meat is considered a delicacy and tasty (think bacon!!!). Still, I never objected to someone link the animal with flu. If it is the vector so be it. If it is NOT the vector, get rid of the association faster than quick, please. I am not in the mood to have my food associated with anything bad.

Part Avian Flu, Part Swine Flu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787895)

Flying Pig Flu!

Bacon Fever!!! (4, Funny)

CRiMSON (3495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787899)

I'm telling you Bacon Fever!!!

#colbertflu (1)

gnownaym (705075) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787907)

Use the masses to do your bidding! Start tagging things on twitter as both #colbertflu and #swineflu (with requests to retweet, of course). It won't take long before someone thinks it's amusing enough to copy. It's better than all of the "@noonecaresaboutme OMG, I'm soooo going to miss bacon!!! #swineflu" tweets that are clogging my series of tubes...

Rejected names (4, Funny)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787915)

Wilbur's flu
Flu Z
Montezuma's revenge
Tequila flu
Panic flu
Non-Kosher/Non-Halal flu
One flu over the cuckoo's nest

(just flat out ignore my poorly formatted list above. Sorry)

This should be decided by an online vote. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787921)

I say we let Time host the pole.

Now if i can just figure out how to avoid catching the Moot Flu.

Snuggles (1)

PingPongBoy (303994) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787927)

Who is going to not call it swine flu after all the hubbub?

But if we want to put Colbert's name on anything how about on a swine?

BTW does anyone know if Colbert has the flu? Like they say "that truck has your name on it", I don't think he wants his name on the flu. But if he has the flu, anyone who wants to snuggle with him can call it the Colbert flu.

How about Wet Back Flu (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27787987)

You know, because you sweat so much when you have it, it makes your back all wet. Seems pretty logical, no?

So religions have the last word on disease naming? (4, Insightful)

muuh-gnu (894733) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787991)

> ethnic reactions to 'swine,' for example among middle-eastern cultures who feel

Actually, they do not "feel" this at all, it has been force-hammered into their heads from early childhood, when they minds could not defend themselves, because several hundreds of years ago, their self-appointed religious founders had no refrigerators (but forgot to leave a "or any later version" in their GPLs.. err... holy scriptures).

So basically a secular, neutral, international health organisationen now forces a disease renaming onto the whole planet because a few backwards theocracies, who happen to have stuck themselves into a religion without a feasible upgrade path (hehehehehe), threaten to let their people die en masse in order to avoid pronouncing the word "swine" loudly. (I'm writing this, but still cant grasp that they rally mean this seriously. Jeez.)

Pussification for PC's sake. (2, Insightful)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27787999)

How about Pussification Flu? Anyone who is offended by that name, well, they probably deserve to be.

In other words, get a fucking grip. It's the flu. Get over it already. A pig by any other name.

Oh, and just another small observation for those who are still offended by the "dirty" reference, any animal that still stands on four legs and eats slop with its mouth because it happens to lack opposable thumbs, logical thinking and an IQ under 50 is very well likely to be DIRTY.. For further reference on this fact, please refer to the guide of Common Sense under the No Shit, Sherlock section.

"CAFO flu" (1)

KarmaRundi (880281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27788007)

Or maybe "Feedlot flu"

this is why you don't have a television show (1)

darrenkopp (981266) | more than 5 years ago | (#27788019)

because you aren't very funny at all.
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