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Wash your hands, kids

I paid my taxes this evening. No, strike that — I filed my taxes. I am too poor to owe anything. Still, it’s a stressy little exercise to go through every year.

Now I’m just sitting here following the #CoronavirusOutbreak hashtag on Twitter.

There some weird footage coming out of Wuhan. Who knows if it’s real. That thing where people are walking down the street and suddenly collapse? That happened in the 1918 pandemic.

And there the resemblance does not end.



Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 23, 2020, 9:17 pm

Huh! Think I’ll just have a bowl of bat soup then go to bed…

Comment from weasel again
Time: January 23, 2020, 9:27 pm


Also, that man eating the live baby rats with chopsticks. Enough.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: January 23, 2020, 9:57 pm

Bats are just really Goth chickens.
And now I’m taking “Visit China” off of my bucket list.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 23, 2020, 10:21 pm

China gives new meaning to Batshit crazy

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 23, 2020, 10:43 pm

“ Among 15 medical workers diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan, a central China city where the disease was first reported in December, 14 were infected by a single patient, Yuan said.”

As for the 1918 pandemic, for those unfamiliar with it, here’s an article
from the Smithsonian Magazine:


Finally to lighten things up a little, here’s a short cautionary tale for Uncle B…


NB -for the record, she’s Chinese, not Japanese, okay?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: January 23, 2020, 10:44 pm

Well at least they aren’t dancing with the dead, like the fourth world does for Ebola!!!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 23, 2020, 11:59 pm

So, time to check the food and water stockpiles and the Anti-zombie rounds then.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: January 24, 2020, 4:30 am

I wonder if all the time I spent in Asian wet markets has rendered me immune?

Comment from Mitch
Time: January 24, 2020, 6:16 am

So my father and I started watching a lecture series on The Black Death a few weeks ago and we just finished one tonight. Fascinating period of history with staggeringly huge cultural and historical impacts. How timely! 🙂

I’ve long felt that the next Great Leveling of Humanity will likely be from a virulent disease rather than nukes. Humanity’s destiny will be written in the next global pandemic.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 24, 2020, 9:33 am

So, being able to control your border completely might be a good thing come Feb 1st eh?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 24, 2020, 2:08 pm

I spoke to someone today who was in the far East at the beginning of December and the virus was already in the news.

The Black Death is my favorite plague, but the 1918 pandemic is my second favorite. I, too, have been bracing for The Big One for years.

If I catch it, though, it’ll kill me. I still haven’t recovered from the cold I caught in September that slid into a lung infection. Lungs are not my strong suit at the moment.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 24, 2020, 2:09 pm

The border isn’t the worry. There are 3,000 Chinese students at Edinburgh University alone. Annnnnd…here comes Chinese New Year!

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 24, 2020, 5:16 pm

2nd confirmed case in USA. Women came back from Wuhan on Jan 13.
Hemorrhagic fever in Sierra Leone and Brazil. Huge outbreak of dengue fever in Singapore. Polio in Pakistan. Lassa fever in Nigeria. Measles in Samoa, etc. ITEOTWAWKI.



Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 24, 2020, 9:06 pm

Chinese New Year has been canceled and it’s now officially Chinese Flu Year.

This is me, whistling past the graveyard.

Comment from p2
Time: January 24, 2020, 10:20 pm

World needs a good plague. It’s getting too crowded as it is.

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