Thursday, October 15, 2009

...and then we'll sing the "No Dysentery For Me" song!

Today is Global Handwashing Day, kids!


Today is a day when blue sperm-creatures, drunken orange rectangles, and multilobed green alien beings can all hold pseudopods in harmony.

How much American taxpayer money went into just that goofy logo?

Although the whole thing is run by a "public-private partnership", it's somehow unsurprising to find that global employment agency for idealistic hippies, cousin-in-laws of third world dictators, and Fijian peacekeeping troops, the United Nations, hip-deep in the middle.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

How did I miss 2008 being the Year of Sanitation? It does my Yankee heart good to hear that there was a entire year of sanitation for the World.

Imagine the whole world brushing, flossing, hand-washing, picking up trash, raking yards, cleaning a bathroom . . . *tears of joy*

Oh, sure, Tam, the logo is a scam but did you see the list of nations in the wiki article? I am overjoyed that someone is teaching them to wash their hands, or, at very least, the idea of soap and water is openly discussed if not practiced.

Shootin' Buddy

Jeffro said...

But, but, but - I thought that water was a super scarce resource that shouldn't be "wasted" on frivolous activities?

If it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, send it down among other Mother Gaea lovin' maxims - well, do? Don't? Use it, don't use it?

My brain hurts.

Roberta X said...

I've already asked Tam if tomorrow will be "treat the lesions on your hands caused by over-frequent washing" day.

og said...

Apologies in advance for the long comment, but my take echoes Carlin's on the matter:

"So personally I never take any precautions against germs. I don't shy away from people who sneeze and cough. I don't wipe off the telephone, I don't cover the toilet seat, and if I drop food on the floor I pick it up and eat it!Even if I'm at side walk cafe! IN CALCUTTA! THE POOR SECTION! ON NEW YEARS MORNING DURING A SOCCER RIOT! And you know something? In spite of all the so called "risky behavior ".... I never get infections. I don't get em. I don't get colds, I don't get flu, I don't get headaches, I don't get upset stomach, And you know why? Cause I got a good strong immune system! And it gets a lot of practice!

My immune system is equipped with the biological equivalent of fully automatic military assault rifles, with night vision and laser scopes. And we have recently acquired phosphorous grenades, cluster bombs and anti personnel fragmentation mines. " -George Carlin.

Chalkie said...

Wow, it ought to save me a lot of time by skipping the other 364 days.

OA said...

"Today is a day when blue sperm-creatures, drunken orange rectangles, and multilobed green alien beings can all hold pseudopods in harmony."

That's not an alien, it's a Tri Delt with big hair.

Caleb said...

That reminds me, I need to go shoot dead influenza cultures into my arm today so I can reduce my risk of getting the flu by 70%!

Yay for modern medicine.

Fashionable Earth said...

yes ! we wrote about it as well. wash your hands with soap, kids: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/15/global-handwashing-day/

Tam said...

Normally I charge for advertising links, but you were on topic, so we'll let the spam stand. ;)

B Smith said...

Wait...
Hippies wash?

Anonymous said...

"public-private partnership"... That means we, the public, pay the bills(including the wildly inflated salaries) of the private con-artists who came up with this scam.