Fun With Microbes

Radley Balko points to the CDC's disease trading cards.

That's fun, but I'll do The Agitator one better: here's a link to stuffed Giant Microbes. My favorites include Black Death (Yersinia pestis), Ulcer (Helicobacter pylori), and Flesh-Eating (Streptococcus pyogenes). I was iterested by the manufacturer's choices for Stomach Ache (Shigella) and Cough (Bordatella pertussis). Shigella is neither a common nor benign cause of gastrointestinal illness. It would be more appropriate to name it Bloody Diarrhea, or they could use Rotavirus for mere stomach ache. And B. pertussis would be more appropriately-named Whooping Cough, or even Coughing So Hard You Vomit. Maybe that one wouldn't sell well, you say, but, geez, it's better than Black Death.

I suggest adding chicken pox, smallpox, HIV, Tetany (Clostridium tetani), and Paralysis (pick between poliovirus or Clostridium botulinum).

Remember: Christmas is around the corner, and there's no better way to tell someone "I Love You" than by giving them Ebola.

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I'm amazed noone has yet

I'm amazed noone has yet mentioned the various venereal diseases. Imagine the perverse humor in giving someone the clap (in a pretty wrapped box tied with a ribbon bow, natch). :twisted:

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