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(NPR)   Turns out, the Midwest is contagious   (npr.org) divider line 74
    More: Scary, Heartland, Missouri, infectious diseases, diseases, platelets, bacterial infections, virus  
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2012-08-30 03:51:14 PM

Voiceofreason01: nope. casual racism, drinking large amounts of cheap beer and an inability to drive


Looks like we can't get exclusive credit for generalization. Dammit. But we grow the food, so there's that. LET THEM EAT SMUGNESS!
 
2012-08-30 03:52:25 PM

MoronLessOff: Marine1: They need to start mentioning stuff that's actually sexy.

"We're going to feed a bunch of large cities and have enough left over to feed kids in Africa with this latest type of crop gene."

Shiat like that.

There's a new breed of corn that's being developed to resist drought. How's that?


They already have that in various incantations and besides, not sexy.

I like this: "last year we grew enough food in Boone County to feed to 500,000 people worldwide. That's enough food energy to help little Trang Nguyen finish his studies. One day, he's going to the first doctor from his village."

The kind of fuzzy, happy commercials about irrigation or science education that 3M or ExxonMobil run during golf tournaments. That's a lot better than "our soil is really fertile".

It's like how people in Atlanta will say "we have the tallest building East of the Mississippi that is not in New York or Chicago." You can't compete on those kind of specifics. You've got to be amorphous and fuzzy.
 
2012-08-30 03:54:47 PM

cleveralthere: But they dont make fleece pants. (and if they do I'm not going to wear them.)


I got a pair at REI that make me feel like reproducing all over town.
 
2012-08-30 03:59:45 PM
FTA: "...the men lived 60 miles apart and got infected independently."

Sure, they did. Just like Patients Zero and One back in 1980?
 
2012-08-30 04:00:19 PM

MoronLessOff: Marine1: They need to start mentioning stuff that's actually sexy.

"We're going to feed a bunch of large cities and have enough left over to feed kids in Africa with this latest type of crop gene."

Shiat like that.

There's a new breed of corn that's being developed to resist drought. How's that?


Eh, you're getting there. Still needs the kid in Africa.
 
2012-08-30 04:07:53 PM

FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.


Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.
 
2012-08-30 04:12:56 PM

Marine1: FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.

Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.


What's wrong with pork chops, corn on the cob and horseshoes? Put those together and you have a hell of an afternoon, if you ask me.
 
2012-08-30 04:16:10 PM

mama2tnt: FTA: "...the men lived 60 miles apart and got infected independently."

Sure, they did. Just like Patients Zero and One back in 1980?


Flyover Flu.
 
2012-08-30 04:17:38 PM

MoronLessOff: Marine1: FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.

Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.

What's wrong with pork chops, corn on the cob and horseshoes? Put those together and you have a hell of an afternoon, if you ask me.


Barbeque the pork and we'll talk.
 
2012-08-30 04:19:01 PM

Marine1: MoronLessOff: Marine1: FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.

Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.

What's wrong with pork chops, corn on the cob and horseshoes? Put those together and you have a hell of an afternoon, if you ask me.

Barbeque the pork and we'll talk.


I plan on doing some grilling tomorrow, but the good corn is at the end of the season. Tater salad OK with you?
 
2012-08-30 04:19:38 PM
meh, call me when it becomes airborne. Then I'll worry.

A novel virus that requires aggressive treatment to be survivable would quickly get out of hand. FTFA: "The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence. Symptoms included fever, severe fatigue, headache and nausea. Their platelet counts plummeted, but even though platelets are necessary for blood clotting, the men didn't suffer abnormal bleeding."

We haven't had a need to triage patients in a long time. A wide spread outbreak would mean that some poor bastard would have to decides who gets a hospital bed, and who gets sent home to die. I'm going to guess the suicide rates among those who have to make those kinds of decisions would be quite high in the years after the outbreak.

/sounds like fun to me!
 
2012-08-30 04:51:53 PM
Dammit subby, now I have that Regina Spector song stuck in my head.
 
2012-08-30 04:56:47 PM

hutchkc: symptoms are driving a truck with one or more of the following:
truck balls
calvin pissing on something
number 7
gun rack
nascar sticker
terrorist hunting permit
don't renig in 12
jesus


I made a Calvin pissing on the Jesus fish sticker.
 
2012-08-30 05:33:45 PM
And so it begins...

mwstaffo.com
 
2012-08-30 05:39:03 PM

Marine1: MoronLessOff: Marine1: FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.

Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.

What's wrong with pork chops, corn on the cob and horseshoes? Put those together and you have a hell of an afternoon, if you ask me.

Barbeque the pork and we'll talk.


Start it off with some toasted ravioli, change the chops to pork steaks and brats, and change the horseshoes into a water balloon fight and we'll talk.
 
2012-08-30 05:42:34 PM
There's an app for that:

Yeah, but if one is gonna visit a neighboring state, it's unlikely than anyone will notice.
 
2012-08-30 05:51:49 PM

This text is now purple: hammettman: Query: is it too soon to inject politics into a main page virus story after reading only 3 comments. I think not.

Dear Heartland redstates, your notion of voting for science-denying republicans who are out to defund the CDC, not to mention the FDA, has been ruled by nature to be not only stupid, but potentially fatal.

So what's Connecticut's excuse?


Being a blue state that wants to be red?

Being rich and poor in the same 10 foot radius?

How about just being plain stupid?

/cannot wait to leave.
 
2012-08-30 05:57:29 PM
There's fun to be had in the Midwest, ya gotta scout it out, though. Sorry I missed the steam show for Willow.

I'm leaving to camp at USDA Manistee-Luddington MI this weekend. Nice place, as is Pictured Rocks NL(UPMi), Shawnee NF(SI), and the Palisades(IL WI IA). Some like Door County WI, but it's a little yuppie for my tastes. Ozarks are superb in Spring.
 
2012-08-30 06:36:49 PM
Nasty bloated ticks which require powerful drugs found in the same state as Rush Limbaugh: coincidence?

I'm just asking questions!
 
2012-08-30 07:32:20 PM

themanuf: FTA: "Heartland virus appears to be a cousin of another new human virus called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus, discovered last year in China"

worst virus name ever?


SFTSV? Still a bit of a mouthful.

However, back in the day, as names for virus go, GRID was pretty controversial.
 
Biv
2012-08-30 08:10:24 PM

MoronLessOff: Marine1: MoronLessOff: Marine1: FrancoFile: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
You will have pork chops and corn on the cob at the picnic on Sunday.
You will play horseshoes.
You will hear tornado sirens.

Pssh. St. Louis stuff.

You forgot the "drink crappy beer" part.

What's wrong with pork chops, corn on the cob and horseshoes? Put those together and you have a hell of an afternoon, if you ask me.

Barbeque the pork and we'll talk.

I plan on doing some grilling tomorrow, but the good corn is at the end of the season. Tater salad OK with you?


i103.photobucket.com

/approves
 
2012-08-30 10:44:48 PM

brap: Are the symptoms waving to everyody and making deep-dish casseroles?


We also say "howdy" and "ya'll", jerkass.
 
2012-08-31 02:13:25 AM
i1182.photobucket.comEVERYBODY PANIC!!! O_Oi1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-31 09:54:11 AM
That's why it's flyover country; if you actually go there IT WILL KILL YOU.
 
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