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Filthy Hippies Proven To Be . . . Filthy

By Wyatt Earp | November 11, 2011

This story was all over Twitter today – well, this one and the one about Occupy Denver trying (and failing) to crash BlogCon – and both made me smile. Apparently, the media is surprised that filthy hippies living in the streets for weeks would result in pestilence.

With wintry weather poised to swoop into the cramped outdoor quarters of Occupy Wall Street protesters, it may not be long before more campers catch what’s being called “Zuccotti lung.”

That’s what demonstrators have dubbed the sickness that seems to be spreading among them at an unpleasantly high rate these days: “It’s a real thing,” Willie Carey, 28, told the New York Times.

With little sleep in cold conditions, cigarettes and drinks being passed from mouth to mouth, and few opportunities to wash hands, Zuccotti Park may now just be the best place to catch respiratory viruses, norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting virus) and tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis? I can see the protest signs now: “Doc Holliday Is The 99%”

Topics: Snarkasm | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Filthy Hippies Proven To Be . . . Filthy”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I read where a group of 20 or so showed up at BlogCon, to protest god knows what, and the conference attendees had an impromptu counter protest yelling…We want the dog! We want the dog! Comedy gold.

  2. andycanuck Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 11:26 pm


  3. Fenway_Nation Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    I for one salute those who have the audacity and courage to be sleeping in tents for weeks at a time miles away from their loved ones and the comforts of home in a hostile environment surrounded by a growing uncertainty over what happens next.

    I’m talking about the GI’s, not Occupy Wall Street. Seriously, those skidmarks need a nice hot steaming cup of get-the-fuck-over-yourselves

  4. Sally Anne Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Some of those ailments are pretty common to any good sized group of people thrown together, but I imagine it’s really tearing through them at high speed if they’re not washing up. These camps are a hazard to public health. TB is no laughing matter! (heh, but seriously)

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Jon – One of them stormed into the Dana Loesch Show and tried to take stuff. He was promptly “escorted out.”

    Andy – #OCCUPYLICE

    Fenway – Before they end up as a skidmark.

    Sally Anne – We should nuke the sites from orbit. Only way to be sure.

  6. fozzy Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Maybe this will cut the number of sexual assaults at OWS. At this point it’s less hazardous to your health to try raping Chuck Lidell than a hippie chick in Zucotti park.

  7. Rick Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Shoot the whole bunch

  8. Ingineer66 Says:
    November 13th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Quarantine the whole bunch like in Outbreak. Then they can protest their little hearts out. The survivors can come out next year summer some time.