Stop eating seeds! You might get bird flu!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Lau, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. Lau Guest

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    So this guy says....

    From the BBC website Have Your Say: Are You Worried By Deadly Bird Flu?
    Sorry, slightly pointless, but just had to share, had a right giggle at him.... :p
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    ugh people like that annoy me.

    I am going to live my life the way i want to, if i end up dying from it, so be it, i died the way i lived.
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, much better to die on your feet eating pumpkin and sunflower seeds than to live on your knees. :)

    This bird flu is getting people worried though.
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    There are a lot of birds that eat insects, too. They'll be telling us we can't eat bugs, next thing you know. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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    1) When did eating seeds become fashionable, and why was I not notified? Major League baseball players don't look very fashionable while they munch on their sunflower seeds. Chewing and spitting, spitting and chewing. Chew chew, spit spit, scratch crotch, pick nose. :D Have there been any fashionable celebrities or supermodels spotted blowing chunks of seed shells out of their mouths?

    2) Eating seeds is a "lifestyle choice"?
     
  6. etoiles macrumors 6502a

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    Viva Zapata !

    Free cheese for all !
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No, but eating worms is...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3287733.stm

    " Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
    Guess I'll go eat worms,
    Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones,
    Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

    Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm.
    Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm. "
     
  8. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I predict 1/10th of the world's population will die from the bird flu by 2015.
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    The U.S. is investing $4B in research and vaccine stockpiling. Wow.

    All the news reports start off with "could result in a million deaths in the US if there is an epidemic" followed closely by "65 people died last year in China."

    I guess I need to learn more about the possible effects. If the death rate was so low, why such concern? Is it because other areas have no resistance built up?
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I predict that 100% of the world's population will die from seed-eating and other causes by 2115.
     
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  12. Applespider macrumors G4

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    The avian flu is pretty much still in the scaremongering phase until or if, it manages to pass from human to human rather than from avian to human as has been the case til now. Not being an avian or a flu expert, it's hard to know how much of a threat it really is.

    The reason that they're reporting it and coming up with contingency plans is that 60 people in Asia died out of 117 who were infected. That's a very high mortality rate. There are estimates than 25% of the population might be infected so you'd be talking about losing a swathe of populations. Apparently also in the early 20th century epidemics, it wasn't just the elderly/young who died, there were lots of otherwise healthy adults.

    However, to agree with Lau, some of the comments on the BBC site are ridiculous with posters suggesting that they can no longer eat chicken just in case...
     
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Not really, because all the prediction requires is that mortality by 2115 is equal or greater than the number of people alive today. Looking on the Bell curve, early deaths of those not born yet could push the figure above 100%.
     
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  15. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    OMG, run, run for the hills!!!!! :eek:
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Huh?

    *looks at Location*

    Oh, you're British. Now I understand. ;)

    Hehe...bird.
     
  17. caveman_uk Guest

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    You mean Taxpayers died too?!?!?! Quick do something! Even if it's futile. We MUST be SEEN to be doing something.
     
  18. mpw Guest

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    Oh you're going to look so stupid when I live to 150years old and dig out this thread to mock you! :D
     
  19. dobbin macrumors 6502a

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    That's theoretical possible but very unlikely. The infection rate of a pandemic flu is expected to reach up to 25% - i.e. 25% of all people will catch the flu. Current estimates for deaths range from 0.37% - 2.5% of those infected (in western countries with stockpiles anti-viral drugs and, after some time, a vaccine.)

    So your figure of 10% deaths is unlikely.

    0.625% is probably more realistic for developed countries.

    Still this could mean around 350,000 deaths in the UK alone.

    As for the timing, there is no way to know when this will happen. It could be this year, it could be next year, or it might not be for another decade. It will happen at some point though, almost certainly.
     
  20. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    wait a minute...

    is "seed eating" really a lifestyle? i mean, habit, or fondness, but a lifestyle? Are there people in LA that only associate with seed-eaters, they have private parties and all that? is there a secret elitist subculture i'm missing out on??? i must know!
     
  21. Lau thread starter Guest

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    It is if you're a bird. As in avian, not lady. Maybe that's where Fr. Matiban from Catenham, England saw the connection, and just ran with it.... ;)
     
  22. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    How ironic that a deadly strain of bird flu was found in a country named Turkey. :eek:
     
  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Idiot :rolleyes:

    He may have more to worry about if the bird flu is a possible STD. ;)
     
  24. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    I choose to eat seeds the day you choose to eat cow!

    I was born a seed eater.

    Seed eaters should have the same rights as everyone else reguardless of our life style choice! :p
     
  25. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I assumed the Fr stood for Father or Friar.... so I'd like to hope he wouldn't be worried by an STD! :p
     

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