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Sunday, 11 October 2009

There's one born every minute!

While the government and media jobsworths raised such a fuss, bugging the flock with everyday death rate reports (only on swine flu — I wonder what would happen if similar reports were regularly released on other viral and non-viral diseases, such as cancer, normal flu etc), about something that is allegedly no more dangerous than common flu, except that unlike the latter it mostly attacks the young, healthy and ordinary, there can still be found someone willing to play a mug’s game.

Well, it takes all sorts to make the world.
One of such daredevils has recently posed a mind-boggling question:
Isn’t the best swine flu vaccine swine flu itself?

To put his money where his mouth is he decided to deliberately catch this nasty bug and thus kill two birds with one stone:
1. To prove swine flu isn’t as dangerous as it’s cracked up to be.
2. It’s the best way to immunise yourself against the virus.

I usually go by the rule that it’s useless to try to stop a fool from going ahead with what he/she's up to, so in answer to his question I told him he actually put me in mind of a certain 19th century whatever-his-name Russian count, who shot himself in the leg (and in the foot, too!) to prove to his buddies he could withstand the pain, got blood poisoning and kicked the bucket instead of their butts.

His mother was quoted as saying that in the past she was the only person who knew he was a blockhead, now the whole Moscow found it out.

I can't wait to see the denouement of the story.

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