Friday, January 06, 2006

A word of advice

A third sibling in a Turkish family has now died of avian influenza. A fourth sibling is ill and breathing with the help of a respirator. From an AP article on the Washington Post website:

The doctor said the youngsters most likely contracted the virus while playing with the heads of dead chickens infected with the disease, which explains why the parents were not affected. The Turkish newspaper Sabah said the children had tossed the chicken heads like balls inside their house in Dogubayazit, near the Iranian border.

In light of this, I recommend ceasing using the heads of dead chickens as balls for play immediately. And if someone tries to encourage you to become the next poultry Pelé,

Just Say No
advertising campaign
A television advertising campaign, part of the War on Drugs and prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from drug abuse by offering various ways of saying "no." Eventually, this also expanded into the realm of "Just say no" to violence, premarital sex, and any other condemnable idea/entity that one group supposed it was plausible to "say no" to. The slogan was championed by Nancy Reagan.
"Just Say No." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2005. 06 . 2006.