Tuesday, May 31, 2011
May 31 - International Fight Imaginary Diseases Day
You always hear about fights against "popular" diseases, like AIDS, Breast Cancer and Munchausen by Proxy, and with good reason. (Well, maybe that last one doesn't need a bunch of attention, but you get the point.)
But what about imaginary diseases? Who's out there fighting the good fight against Motile Snarcoma? Who's rasing public awareness against Third Eye Infection and who is sponsoring a telethon to once and for all wipe out Inverted Drowning Syndrome?
You, that's who.
"The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases." (I swear that's an actual book. Click on the link and see.)
At work you could make colorful flyers and put them up around the office. (After all, it's not like you can do actual work when all those diseases are out there, ready to strike.) Perhaps you can tell your co-workers gross-out stories about friends who survived the diseases; and those who did not.
And if you're really enterprising, you can even raise money for a "Fun Run," to, say, fight Diseasemakers Croup. (The disease where you continually make up imaginary diseases. It's in the book.)
Good luck on your fight to raise awareness--and cash--and remember:
If you can touch but one life (or wallet), you'll have made a difference.