28 October 2009

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Last week I was sick with the H1N1 virus. It was miserable, but not so terrible as I thought it would be. I got to thinking about how the whole thing started out as the 'Mexican Flu' because it originated in Mexico, but the Mexican government didn't want it to be named after Mexico. Then it became the 'Swine Flu' because it originated in pigs. But the pig farmers didn't want it named after pigs because it would hurt sales. So it finally became the H1N1 virus.

I think the USA should claim and embrace it. We have been a bit down during this recession and could use something to be proud of.

The H1N1 or the USA-flu has taken the world by storm. It seems to have penetrated every continent, visited every clime and swept every country very quickly. A lot of money is going into creating vaccines for this virus. Its getting a lot of media attention, but the biggest reason why I think the USA should take owner ship of the H1N1 virus is because its the only thing we have managed to export from this country with any major degree of success in the last 10 years (besides jobs).