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NASCAR CootiesPosted Thursday, October 11, 2007, at 1:23 PM
There was just no way I could pass this one up without sharing it with you all.
Apparently, House Homeland Security Committee staffers are on a peculiar mission to study "public health issues at events involving mass gatherings."
Specifically, Nascar races. Before attending the event, these staffers were urged to be vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, influenza and tetanus.
According to the story linked above, two Republican staffers turned down the vaccinations but one Democrat staffer did receive the immunizations before the most recent race at Talladega.
At least one North Carolina legislator is rather upset about this.
Health issues at mass gatherings is an interesting subject that should be studied, but this might be going a bit too far.
Regardless, the whole stereotypical view of the Nascar redneck does crack me up. When you send one of these big city yuppies down south they don't know how to handle.
Several years ago I met a girl in St. Louis and when I told her where I was from she started asking me these stupid questions like "Do you have paved roads down there?" and "What's it like to ride a bull?"
Apparently there are people who believe we all just drink beer, ride bulls and have confederate flags tattooed on our foreheads.
I thought you guys could use a good laugh, too.
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