From the category archives:

popular culture

37 Pandemics That Never Really Took Off

by anna on February 28, 2011

New here? You may want to subscribe to the (free) ABDPBT RSS feed. For an explanation of how RSS subscriptions work, please see this explanatory post. Or, you can sign up to receive new ABDPBT posts by email (also free).

[This list originally appeared on May 9, 2009.]

  1. The Pearls Before Swine Flu
  2. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes Disease
  3. The Periwinkle Death
  4. A Rheumatic Fever With A View
  5. Sunday Morning Fever
  6. Spray Tanner’s Disease
  7. A Smallpox on Both Your Houses Flu
  8. Water Polio
  9. SLURS
  10. Goodbye, Rubella Tuesday
  11. Corona With Lime Disease
  12. The Golf Clap; or I Only Win When Tiger’s Gonorrhea
  13. The Co-Sleeping Sickness
  14. Beethoven’s Fifth’s Disease
  15. Inconspicuous Consumption
  16. Button-Down Cholera
  17. The Crayola Virus
  18. The What Are You, Chicken? Pox
  19. Eyes And Ears And Mouth And Nose Disease
  20. Sweating The Small Stuff Sickness
  21. The Putting Lipstick On A Pig Flu
  22. Amtrax
  23. The Chunky Monkey Pox
  24. The Sardonic Plague
  25. The Whooping Goldberg Cough
  26. ABETS
  27. The Grumps
  28. The You Can Put A Hat On A Pig Flu
  29. Spotted Dick Fever
  30. A Rheumatism Of One’s Own
  31. Jungle Fever
  32. The Spanish Peanut Flu
  33. The Eat Like A Bird Flu
  34. Love in The Time of Button-Down Cholera
  35. The Nicetomeetya Strain
  36. Sad Cow Disease
  37. The What About Measles

Got a list to share? Here’s what to do:

  1. Write a “list” post on your blog.
  2. Copy this code, and paste in the text of your post:
  3. Either comment or email me at anna at abdpbt View definition in a new window dot com to let me know you’re participating, and I’ll link you up below.
  1. Sad Keanu is not allowed to give a keynote at BlogHer View definition in a new window 2010.
  2. Strutting Leo’s “Radical Blogging Moms” panel has been approved for Mom 2.011.
  3. Video: Hitler finds out about anonymous Twitter accounts that have been mocking him and others for months. Outraged, he blames me and my infamous digitaltroll soldiers View definition in a new window of lore.
  4. People hoped that the Old Spice Guy was going to be a guest at the BlogHer View definition in a new window conference last year.
  5. . . . but only Prancing Cera got to meet him.
  6. Me: “My ad revenue is down 75%!” Ad network: “Deal with it.”
  7. There’s a double rainbow over the cupcake table at the Yahoo Motherboard meeting, but WHAT DOES IT MEAN?! (IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!)
  8. Vuvuzelas in the swag View definition in a new window bags. I repeat: vuvuzelas in the swag View definition in a new window bags!
  9. Philosoraptor notes that most internet memes seem to be about men or largely male-dominated activities.

Glossary terms: digitaltroll soldiers View definition in a new window

Got a list to share? Here’s what to do:

  1. Write a “list” post on your blog.
  2. Copy this code, and paste in the text of your post:
  3. Either comment or email me at anna at abdpbt View definition in a new window dot com to let me know you’re participating, and I’ll link you up below.

Check out these list lovers

  1. Organizational Products For The New Year | ABDPBT Commodity Fetishism
  2. Tips For Mommybloggers Hoping To Get Book Deals | ABDPBT Personal Finance
  3. Alexis at The Well-Read Mom
  4. Ginger at Ramble Ramble
  5. Shasta at Blogging With Mittens

  1. High on the success of Basketball Wives, VH-1 decides to launch sister shows Football Wives, Baseball Wives, Hockey Wives, and Curling Wives, with varying levels of success.
  2. In order to more accurately reflect the content of their shows, the Real Housewives franchise will rename its properties as follows: The Real Short Sales of Orange County, The Real Plugging My Side Projects of New York,The Real Mafia Wives of New Jersey, and The Real Crime Would Be A Second Season Of DC.
  3. The five people who received a Nook e-reader instead of a Kindle for Christmas will endeavor to identify their part in the conflict, eventually finding it in their hearts to forgive their misguided loved ones.
  4. Holly Madison’s carefully constructed veneer of self restraint momentarily falters upon hearing the news of Hef’s engagement.
  5. Holly Madison’s carefully constructed veneer of self-restraint completely crumbles upon hearing the news of Hef’s engagement to a woman named Crystal.
  6. Nicholas Cage, Denzel Washington, and Robert DeNiro resolve to go back to taking the kinds of parts for which they won Oscars. Then they all share an insincere laugh, clink glasses of Johnnie Walker Blue, and go back to counting their money.
  7. After overhearing their grandchildren discussing something about “privacy settings” at Facebook that are “constantly changing,” the three septuagenarians who still read Time magazine demand a public apology for Mark Zuckerberg being named Person of the Year.

Got a list to share? Here’s what to do:

  1. Write a “list” post on your blog.
  2. Copy this code, and paste in the text of your post:
  3. Either comment or email me at anna at abdpbt View definition in a new window dot com to let me know you’re participating, and I’ll link you up below.

Check out these list lovers

  1. Why You Should Always Be Paid To Run A Giveaway On Your Blog | ABDPBT Personal Finance
  2. Ginger and Ramble Ramble