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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

San Francisco Having A Difficult Time Taking 'Swine-11' Seriously

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 2:38 PM

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At about 8 p.m. last night at the Homestead, an old-timey bar in the Mission, this guy walked in. He had just come from San Francisco International Airport, where he had picked up an Italian friend who was visiting the United States for the first time. The Italian almost didn't come, said the man at the bar, because the Italian's mother was afraid he might contract swine flu. 

That paranoia struck the Italian's American friends as hilarious, so they apparently bought Mexican wrestler masks, created this "Kiss Me, I Don't Have Swine Flu," t-shirt, and staged a dramatic kidnapping scene at SFO, complete with a cap gun, a blindfolding, and a lot of yelling. 

 

Apparently, no one at the airport thought much of it. One guy did get upset, the man at the bar man remembered, because the "kidnappers''" vehicle was temporarily left empty and parked in the airport pick-up lane.

Meanwhile, like 150-something people in Mexico have probably died of swine flu, and an increasing number of cases are popping up around the U.S. and abroad (including 10 in California). The U.S. has declared it a public health emergency, and over at Alternet, a San Francisco-based liberal news aggregator, all of this apparently called for a swine flu pun contest.

"Whoever comes up with the best pun gets an AlterNet t-shirt (woo hoo!)," was posted on the site's Facebook page. "Note: you have to beat Josh Benson's "aporkalypse." So far, contributions have included "Epigdemic," "Hogsteria," "Armhogeddon," and "Pigpendemic."

Another reader submitted the following Mexican Swine Flu Pandemic outcry: "Pork-que?!"

But the top submission, brilliant for its inapprporiateness and its reference to yet another hilarious event, would have to be "Swine-11." 

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