Swine Flu vs. Spanish Flu & The Science behind Randiness


More sciencey-goodness:

Vancouver Sun – Too much knowledge can exaggerate the danger of a pandemic
“We seldom hear daily updates on the numbers of those infected who have recovered, for example. Yet consider the much-cited Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. It’s common for commentary to cite infection rates and total associated fatalities.

It’s estimated that about 28 per cent of Canadians and Americans contracted the Spanish flu. Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 per cent of the sick died of complications, which made the pandemic one of the most lethal flu outbreaks in recorded history. Certainly it was one that imprinted itself upon human consciousness for several generations.

But there’s another way to look at those statistics. You might observe, for example, that they mean that even during the worst ravages of the 1918 flu, 97.5 per cent of those infected survived and recovered. Or that 72 per cent of the population — even in the absence of the sophisticated public health planning and infrastructure that Canada and the U.S. have since built — was not infected during the pandemic.

So, even if we had a repeat of the 1918 flu, the chances were seven out of 10 that you wouldn’t catch it and if you did, the odds were better than nine out of 10 that you’d survive.

That was during the worst pandemic of the modern era and one which occurred in the days before the instantaneous communications of radio, television and the Web enabled quick public health responses.”

Also, heterosexual and been away from your lover for a while? The reason why your man seems particularly excited to be getting intimate with you – apart from getting to enjoy your beautiful body – They are subconsciously fighting a competitor’s enemy sperm. *That’s* why they’re pleased to see you. Truefax.

Scientific American – Secrets of the Phallus: Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

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