But wait! It doesn’t have to do with politics! And I researched it first!
There is no year of the “Chicken”.
2007 was the Year of the Pig.
2008 was the Year of the Rat.
2009 was the Year of the Ox.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
Avian influenza hit Asia in 2003 and was hardly devastating – there were only 55 cases worldwide in 2007.
Equine influenza hit in 2007, not 2008.
Keeping all the above in mind, (’cause I don’t want to uncritically disseminate half-true stuff) I opened the e-mail below.
Don’t know if this is just a sick coincidence , but….
2007 – Chinese year of the Chicken – Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia
2008 – Chinese year of the Horse – Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing
2009 – Chinese year of the Pig – Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of people around the globe.
It gets worse next year… 2010 – Chinese year of the Cock – what could possibly go wrong
Got a chuckle out of me until my 11 year old daughter, who had been quietly reading over my shoulder, startled me by asking “Dad, what’s a cock?”
“Ummm. It’s a bird, honey. A rooster. You know – like cock a doodle doo?”
“So I don’t get the joke, then.”