We appreciate that swine flu is a serious problem and that people who contract the virus may die. However, throughout history, catastrophes have been resolutely faced by using humour. Will and Guy feel that these swine flu "jokes" fit that construct. We hope you agree. I've just been diagnosed with gammon flu. I originally had swine flu but I've been cured!
Post a Comment. Did you hear about the guy who said he would get sick when pigs Fly. The Swine Flu Did you here about the pig who went on the plane? The swine flu I had a glass of merlot last night. I woke up this morning with a cough and a sniffle.
What is it about swine flu that makes it hard to take seriously? The jokes are already doing the rounds, from Matt's brilliant cartoon of Piglet about to be despatched by Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, to inquiries about whether it's still safe to eat guacamole and tacos. Perhaps we would be more respectful of the virus if it were called Mexican Influenza, acquiring a geographical identity attached to the great pandemics of yore, like Spanish Flu, which killed an estimated 20 million after the Great War, or the less virulent Hong Kong Flu in the s. Maybe it is the porcine source of this particular microbe that lends itself to levity. Yet it is our proximity to the animals that have sustained us for millennia that makes us so vulnerable to the diseases that can kill us in large numbers.
A song called the "Influenza Cumbia" is climbing the charts. Cringe-worthy swine flu jokes are spreading faster than the illness ever could. As Mexicans lock themselves inside in fear of the virus, they can't help but have a little fun with it as well.