The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Panic has inspired its share -and then some- of attempts at humor, obviously because the bacon-loving denizens of the Web and American Society really don’t want to admit that the Jews and Muslims might be right in their rejection of things porkish. Of course, right now, there have been more cases of the New Flu being spread from people to pigs than from pigs to people, and the virus may need to make a mutation worthy of one of the X-Men in order to be a real threat. So, we can sit back and laugh, ha ha, ho ho, cough cough.
But if anything has provided a little joy in these troubled times, it is the plethora of pig-related puns that have emerged from the quasi-crisis. I like Gawker’s category for Swine Flu-related Stories: APORKALYPSE NOW (and wonder who they stole it from – JUST KIDDING).
And the Twitterer who responded to Rainn Wilson’s “Rename the Disease” campaign with HAMTHRAX
But nobody has brought home the bacon better than a webcomicker, of course, in this case the shift-key confused jOEL WATSON of HijiNKS ENSUE, who not only came up with the term HAMDEMIC, but also the largest batch of pig-related punny-cute names I’ve seen in one place.
Sir Francis Bacon
Simon and River Ham
Sparkling White Swine (an albino pig)
Alien pig visitor Pork from Ork
Vince with Ham-Wow!
Icelandic Pig Singer Pjörk
Seven of Swine
and (way too obviously) Kevin Bacon
Of course, I respond to something like this as a challenge to come up with more of my own (but can I top Pjörk?)
Piggie Smalls (The Notorious P.I.G.)
Bā-khan Noonien Singh (come on, imagine Shatner yelling out “BĀ-KHAN!!!”)
Stephen ColBoar (or should that be spelled with a silent t?)
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hamson
Boar Diddley, Boar Derek and Little Boar Peep
and everyone at the evil insurance company APIG
PIG PORK SWINE BOAR HOG BACON HAM