Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Battle of the Day: Pandemic vs. Epidemic


Breaking down the two best words used to describe the swine flu. In case you were wondering, the special burrito yesterday at my local burrito shop was a Mexican pork burrito. I shit you not.

Pandemic - an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or throughout the world.

Pros - has the global feel that scares folks and gives the press plenty of opportunity for sensationalist journalism. This breadth of fear is impressive.
Cons - allows crap sandwich movies like Night of the Comet, Outbreak and I Am Legend to be made.

Epidemic - a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time.

Pros - has depth of fear. May only scare folks in one area, but it brings the fear in a big way.
Cons - doesn't capture the attention of the entire world. Nobody on the Ivory Coast cares about an Ecuadorian epidemic.

Winner - Epidemic by a (diseased) nose. Depth always beats breadth.

64 comments:

TJ said...

Is that super cop eating one of those Fair turkey legs? Those things are awesome (and healthy).

TJ said...

I will say the movie theater scene in Outbreak creeps me out every time I see it.

Marlin said...

The top pic appears to be a photo of the time Andy Reid and I dressed up as transit cops for Halloween.

zoltan said...

My friend (DeBlasio's younger brother) got a job doing sports talk radio on a trial basis. Check him out today 1-3 eastern at www.1400theteam.com

Marlin said...

Did Drew from Teaneck call in?

TJ said...

I bet the radio rookie still had less dead air than Rome.

TJ said...

OK, just settled in for Bulls/Celts...I like what I see so far.

TR said...

I have two Game 7 playoff games that are tied, a Yanks-Tigers pitching duel, a close Mets-Marlins game, the Celts-Bulls game and full control of the remote on the 42" HDTV.

Dave said...

i want a jazzfest post!

TJ said...

Dos Equis jai alai guy #4 is same guy from Blow that ends up screwing over Johnny Depp in that final drug deal (I want to say the character's name was Dewey).

TR said...

YouTube has all the commercials from "The Most Interesting Man in the World." Even though it's a rip-off of the Chuck Norris bit, it's pretty hilarious.

TJ said...

Wow, the Bulls look fantastic right now...and that was a helluva pass by Brad Miller right there.

TJ said...

TR, how's my boy Phil Hughes looking?

TR said...

He's en fuego, Teej. Given up 2 hits and 2 walks through 6. I just checked his pitch count. It's 99 through 6, so he may get one more inning.

Yanks have men on 1st and 2nd with no outs in the top of the 7th...

TJ said...

Ray Ray!

TJ said...

Wow, that sucks...double foul and Ray is now out of the game.

Dagger.

TR said...

Molina looking to sacrifice so mighty 3B slugger Ramiro Pena can get it done.

Sacrifice laid down effectively. Jorge on to pinch hit. Very handy to have a slugging switch-hitting catcher available. Jeter's on deck, so an intentional walk is unlikely.

TJ said...

I mean, even the Nats are scoring some runs these days...the Yankees need to get a clue at the dish.

TR said...

Yanks plate two on a botched fly ball by Tiger LF Josh Anderson.

TR said...

Talk about daggers - Caps just scored to go up 2-1 with less than 5 minutes left.

TJ said...

That is one horrendous goatee on John Salmons.

zoltan said...

Effing Rangers are 30 seconds from losing the series.

TJ said...

Who scored for Caps?

Shlara said...

Federov...it was really cool

Shlara said...

The Russia House is going to be insane later tonight

TJ said...

Seriously, how fucking good is this Bulls/Celts series?

zoltan said...

Federov's goal was cool in the same way that hemorrhoids are cool.

TR said...

Do they re-seed the conferences after each round in the NBA? I don't think they do, and I want to be sure there's a chance we could have the Hawks and Bulls battling for a spot in the conference finals.

TJ said...

I'm pretty sure no reseeding in NBA. Unless you count what Shawn Kemp did for years.

TR said...

Yanks have now scored 5. Bases are loaded with 2 outs. Hughes has been sitting for a while, so he may be done. Let's see if the pen can hold this lead.

TR said...

I think you have to start all re-seeding jokes with Calvin Murphy. He had like 16 kids.

TJ said...

Steph Marbury, nice defense douche. Stand between the man and basket dummy.

TR said...

That shot Gordon just made was such a terrible decision. 16 seconds left, 14 on the shot clock, and Gordo gets trapped. The Bulls should've held for the last shot. Unbelievably lucky.

TR said...

Yanks have now put a ten-spot up in the top of the 7th. Jose Molina's mighty grand salami did the job.

Geoff said...

That Caps game was as satisfying as it was surprising...like a really well executed hand job.

Stephon Marbury playing for the Celts in OT seems ill advised.

zoltan said...

I think the logic is that Marbury is still fresh from sitting on the Knicks' bench, while Pierce and Allen are worn out.

zoltan said...

Great graphic. If the C's miss their shots they lose. No kidding.

Geoff said...

Know who else is pretty fresh right now? Mike Vick

TJ said...

Ben Gordon...jesus...

Geoff said...

Let's be honest: Ben Gordon's an asshole.

TJ said...

He should also shoot more.

Geoff said...

Seriously Ben, start looking for your shot.

TJ said...

Oh fuck that...

zoltan said...

Mike Vick is fresh to def.

Geoff said...

Bernie Bickerstaff and Del Harris can get a good Drebin/Nordberg thing going on the Chicago bench.

TR said...

I am still waiting for the day when I see Brian Scalabrine and don't start quoting Michael Rappaport's lines in True Romance to myself.

TJ said...

We really need to find you a job.

Geoff said...

I don't ha e a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out. All I have is fucking Floyd.

TR said...

3.4 seconds is a whole lot of time in this series.

TJ said...

Gee, you think Ben Gordon is taking this last shot?

zoltan said...

Floyd smoked the letter.

Geoff said...

I'm up for a second OT so let's take a two here. Thanks in advance.

Geoff said...

I'm not Joe cocaine, ok?

TJ said...

My guess? The Fresh Prince wanted some alone time at the pad, and paid TNT to put his wife in that shit show.

Geoff said...

Its well documented that Will Smith is gay...just like all the other scientologists.

TJ said...

Whaaa????

Geoff said...

Two Brad Miller free throws for the game? Yikes.

TR said...

No way Miller will hit his free throws.

Perkins and Rondo aborted in a big way on that switch.

TR said...

This HD close-up of his face is bringing the gross.

zoltan said...

Brad Miller is crying.

Geoff said...

Brad...that was a collasal failure in every way. You are awarded no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

Geoff said...

Collosal?

TR said...

Jesus. The Devils were up 3-2 with 2 minutes left and lost in regulation. The game-tying goal came with 80 seconds left and the game-winner came with 32 seconds left. Brutal.

Geoff said...

I think that means the Caps play Pittsburgh. Dagger...