Hamming it up

H1N1, you say? A ridiculous name:

What if this thing takes off and wipes out all of mankind? How embarrassing would that be when intergalactic lifeforms stumble on a pig-filled earth and read that it was a little ol’ H1N1 that kicked our humanoid butts? No, if there’s even the slightest chance of some virus killing us all, it should have a cool name that sends chills down your spine; like Black Death, Human Plague, or Obama’s Mama.

April being over and done with, I propose “Puerco de Mayo.” Let the intergalactic lifeforms figure it out for themselves, if they’re so damn smart.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 May 2009 · 8:54 am

    How about “El Puerco del MORTE!!!!” (I think that’s correct; I don’t actually know Spanish.) Kind of better captures the media’s attitude on it too.

  2. CGHill »

    1 May 2009 · 9:40 am

    Yeah, but I’d have to give up trips to Van’s Pig Stand, and that’s not happening. :)

  3. Suzette »

    1 May 2009 · 10:05 am

    I think H1N1 is pronounced “Heiney” (in honor of the bureaucrat who came up with that.)

  4. McGehee »

    1 May 2009 · 10:31 am

    Bacon and Ague.

  5. jen »

    1 May 2009 · 1:02 pm

    LOL! That’s funny. Boooobonic.

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