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So the Third Horseman is currently out strutting his stuff, by way of a hybridized Swine Flu steeplechase that kicked off in Mexico and has since spread to all corners of the globe. Interesting times, indeed, though the full impact — managable tragedy or global catastrophe — remains to be seen.
In order to get myself into the right apocalyptic mindset for the coming pandemic, I decided to do a little Wikipedia research about the global influenza epidemic of 1918, in which a similarly virulent and deadly strain of the disease racked up a death toll in the tens of millions.
Wikipedia being what it is, the article not only lists the real-life persons of note who were stricken by the disease, but the fictional victims as well…
Serious-minded scholars may cringe at the inclusion of such fluff, but do (biologically and/or psychologically) teenage girls daydream about Randolph Bourne or Yakov Sverdlof?
I will say that my first thought upon seeing the reference to the Twilight series’ resident abusive dreamboat was this line from the more pedestrian (that is, “non-fictional”) part of the article:
In others, the flu caused frequent loss of bowel control and the victim would die from losing critical intestinal lining and blood loss.
Romance, thy name is bloody flux.
Recommended listening: Anthrax – Among the Living (from Among the Living, 1987)[audio:0427aatl.mp3]
There are certain things one never manages to outgrow.