We Hope Your Shots are Current

A long, long time ago, in a land far, far way, an evolutionary biologist named Richard Dawkins hypothesized that ideas behaved much like genes, able to replicate and mutate. Whereas genes are the basic building blocks of organisms, ideas are the building blocks of societies. Like genes, ideas have one single purpose: to selfishly perpetuate their own existence in whatever manner they can. Dawkins then renamed ideas into “memes”, and like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the idea of memes took on a life of its own. Into the vast cybernetic organism known as the internet, the meme entered, and like a virus, spread, infecting individual cells with its insidious code. Bloggers once infected by the meme, are hijacked into replicating and spreading their memetic contagion. For a long time, the Fatosphere, due to the insulating and immune-boosting properties of fat, have been resistant to the plague.

Until now.

The Zaftig Chicks, heretofore to be known as Patient Zero, have coughed upon our titanic body a memetic equivalent of Filoviridae ebola, and now a hemmoragic fever doth spread upon our fair land.

And we, the Fat Sisters, along with our brethren, have fallen.

The rules of this virus are as follows:

1) Cough on 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you. Our blog has infected:

Hortus Deliciarum
Living 400
Round is a Shape
Nude Muse
Well Rounded Mama
Shapely prose
F-word
Big Liberty

2) Inform those 7 people they’ve been infected with HONEST SCRAP and explain to them these guidelines for managing the infection. (The link-ins will inform them.)

3) Share 10 “Honest” Things about yourself. Ready?

  1. Jen and Rachel once walked to the next town over to find the body of a neighborhood kid who’d disappeared and was thought to have been killed by a train.
  2. In her Junior year of High School, Jen had a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend and got pregnant. At first she thought she’d just get a speedy abortion but changed her mind at the last minute and ended up giving up the baby for adoption instead.
  3. Jen and Rachel once had a business together selling handmade soap. They used the proceeds from the soap sales to build a global organization to help vent male aggression.
  4. One year, our entire family decided to spend the holidays in Europe. It was great until we got to France and realized we had completely forgotten Rachel and left her at home. Everything turned out alright, though, because she was able to thwart the idiotic burglars who’d been planning to rob every house in our neighborhood.
  5. When Jen and Rachel were little, their father took a job as a caretaker for an isolated hotel in the Colorado mountains. They spent the entire winter snowed in with the whole 5-star hotel to themselves. It was awesome and not at all scary or weird in any way.
  6. Last year, Rachel was tortured and killed by an evil prince so Jen took her corpse to the local miracle man who made a chocolate pill which miraculously brought her back to life.
  7. Jen and Rachel were once hired by a mobster to retrieve a very special and very mysterious briefcase from a group of witless young thugs. It did not end well for most parties involved.
  8. Jen and Rachel once traveled back in time to find two humpback whales to bring back to the 24th century in order to save the earth from a deadly space probe that was vaporizing our oceans.
  9. Jen and Rachel were entrusted with a magical but soul stealing ring and walked all the way to Mount Doom to destroy it.
  10. When Rachel was in high school she dated the cutest boy in school, but he turned out to be a sparkly vampire.
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