Oh, heavens, Arkansas may have lost its coveted status as a “safe haven” from the dreaded swine plague, according to this 40/29 report from Benton County claiming a dozen “probable” cases of the much-hyped flu in our beloved northwest corner. Our day of reckoning has arrived….
…or has it? State health officials say no swine flu (or, as I like to call it, “H1N1”) in Arkansas yet in this AP report, but they would say that, the filthy liars.
Anyway, if you live in northwest Arkansas, take heart and try to be more like those sturdy University of Arkansas students, who, as seen in the above photo taken today on the UA campus, are laughing in the face of doom by puckishly affixing face masks to local razorback statues. Ah, the drollery of these young people! And then they all died.
UPDATE: Well, at least seven of those “probable” cases have tested negative for swine flu, say state officials, and results on the other five are expected Friday, according to the Morning News of NWA. So maybe there’s no need to panic and you can just revert to your customary state of “tensed readiness.”
(Thanks for today’s photo submission to Arkansas Project reader GFR, who is exactly correct that this beats all hell out of whatever weirdo snapshot Blake’s Think Tank is featuring at this moment.)