Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2009]
If you wake up looking like this, don't go to work!
Origins: We've received a fair number of "Is this real?" inquiries from readers about the
Swine flu is a real malady, and those who contract it might experience a variety of symptoms
Presumably, most of our correspondents are questioning the reality of whatever is pictured in the accompanying photograph. The picture is, in effect, a real photograph of an imaginary
We've also received quite a few inquiries about a similar item:
If you receive an email from the Department of Health,
Telling you not to eat pork from cans,
Because of swine flu......
It's just spam.
This item, too, is mere humor — porcine punnery playing on the duality of the word "spam" carrying a meaning of both "unwanted, intrusive
Last updated: 15 September 2009