Posted On: Saturday - December 4th 2021 6:39PM MST
In Topics:   Music  University  Humor  Kung Flu Stupidity
That's "Omicron Mu Gamma!"* for the frat boys and girls and the Classics scholars, and these new Kung Flu variants are all Greek to me. After the first year's run of the PanicFest, they told us to be wary of the Δ variant.
[That's not to say you shouldn't use the old-fashioned prophylactics, of course - Peak Stupidity legal team.]
I understand the use of Greek letters in science and engineering, as you run out of the Western (Arabic) letters pretty early on in describing the physical world. Even the Greek letters get double and sometimes triple duty among the different areas of the theoretical world, as there's so much to describe. However, in the PanicFest world, I'm not sure it's about running out of letters. The idea by the upper echelon of the Panic leaders is to blind us with SCIENCE! and they figure the use of Greek letters will help their cause.
I don't remember α, β, or γ versions that we were to be worried about before this δ variant, and now, what happened to ε, ζ, η, θ, ι, κ, λ, μ, ν, ξ**? I haven't heard one iota about any of those variants. ("Now I know my eta, theta, zetas, tell me if I'm an alpha or a beta ♩, ♪, ♫,") Omicron is the word now, and it's all sciencey, so "please panic now".
People have noted that an anagram of "Delta Omicron" is "Media Control". Make what you will of it.
Don't all viruses mutate into different variants? The influenza virus (the flu) does. That's why we talk about bad flu years occasionally, when more people do get seriously ill. Is that not all that's going on with these Kung Flu variants? Has that knowledge about how viruses work been lost? I think that's what the leaders of this PanicFest are hoping.
The appellation "Delta variant" made it sound to me like just some new version of the clap that perhaps started at one of the more active sorority houses during rush week. Is this Omicron variant out of one of the seedier frat houses? I just cannot get myself all worked up about it, and I think most Americans, Greek or Independent, are starting to get the same attitude. As the Dean of Student Stupidity, I have already admonished one of the boys of Omicron House:
"Panicked, masked, and stupid is no way to go through life, son!"
Yes, please take the advice of the Peak Stupidity legal team given above about prophylactics. They use that term for all sorts of thing now. When you enter Delta House, though, leave the face diapers and gloves at home, if you want to have any chance of getting laid. As the song says, "the Greeks don't want no freaks."
"Gator!" meant get down on the floor like an alligator. Yes, you have to be drunk, and likely this did come from the U. of Florida - Gainesville, the party school a cut above all the rest.
The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks was from The Eagles last "real" album (from before they broke up till hell froze over) called The Long Run. It's not my favorite, as two of the artists that made the Eagles were no longer in the band, Bernie Leadon (since before Hotel California) and now Randy Meisner. This is Don Henley at his best though, and it went along with the times - 1980 - very well.
Full Disclosure: The Peak Stupidity staff was not a member of any Fraternity house. I don't know if the partying would have put a damper on my studies, as the heaviest semester of drinking also coincided with my 2nd best semester GPA (3.8-something in a (what's now called) STEM major). I did partake in the free beer courtesy of those Greeks during rush weeks. I also have this memory of a couple of years before going to college seeing the campus for the first time. We took a shortcut through one of the frat house stairwells, and that stale beer smell was something else. I now have fond memories of it somehow!
* BTW, I did NOT take this idea from pundit Ilana Mercer from here, as I had intended to write this post since the beginning of the week. I wanted to leave this lighter-hearted post for end-of-blog week. This idea came independently.
** OK, there is probably a Xi involved, maybe the guy who first stepped outside that lab in Wuhan, China with Covid-19, not to mention dog shit, on one of his shoes.