Name That Part: Aporkalypse Edition

"You FOOL! You've killed us all!"
"You FOOL! You've killed us all!"

Once again, in our last episode of Name That Part, two commenters breezed through our challenge with virtually no difficulty at all.
Well, I’m working on some steps to try and throw a greater challenge at you, but it’s going to take some time; adding to that challenge is the fact that I came down with the Infamous Pig Death last week, rendering me even more useless than usual.
Nonetheless, alf and Dr. Dangerously quickly solved our last challenge in bare minutes, once again tracking down the photo. Well done to you both; a pity it was so easy. I promise we’re working on it.
On to today’s Name That Part!
There has been a great deal of panic in the media — and consequently, the public who can’t be bothered to look in to these things more thoroughly — regarding the new strain of H1N1 A, or “Swine Flu”. People are clamouring for vaccines, standing in line for hours, and posting angry missives on their Facebook and Twitter pages whenever they feel they haven’t been treated fairly enough. Should someone be given the vaccine before them, they complain that their life is being placed at risk, and create a Facebook group to protest it. Problem solved!
The media, meanwhile, has made a killing off of this mass hysteria. Without ever reporting a single inaccurate detail, they have managed to make allusions to the Spanish Flu of 1918, and imbued the word “pandemic” with images of uncontrolled death and destruction. While there are similarities to the Spanish Flu — in that it is the H1N1/A virus, and it does have a stronger tendency to impact the healthy middle-aged demographic than the normal flu virus — the media seems to be reluctant to report on the fact that this current pandemic, while more contagious, is even less likely to be fatal than the regular seasonal flu that goes around every winter.
Furthermore, the current strain of the flu would not be so contagious, or such a threat, if we were to follow a certain number of precautions. Simply washing our hands frequently, and taking the precaution of frequently wiping down door-knobs, telephones, water-coolers or other shared public surfaces would decrease the exposure of the virus dramatically. Or, in a revolutionary line of thought, if we’d just stay home from work or school when we’re sick, just as doctors recommend, there’d be little to no chance for a breakout in the first place. But somehow, we just can’t be bothered to listen.
What does all this have to do with today’s Name That Part? Well, that shouldn’t be hard to work out.
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19 responses to “Name That Part: Aporkalypse Edition”

  1. Alff Avatar

    HEPA filter for a Dyson Ball vac.

  2. om_nom_de_plume Avatar

    Obviously everyone's favorite musical instrument… THE WASHBOARD!!!! *pllllrrrrfricketfrickyfrickyfrickyplrrrrflick*

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Sadly, I probably spent a couple minutes trying to recreate that noise as you've described it. I'm glad I live alone.

  3. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Volvo (v70/V90) cabin filter.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Maybe it's the cabin filter from any new GM or Chrysler product, all of which are being produced with heaping helpings of pork.

  5. joshuman Avatar

    How about the cabin filter for Crown Victoria?

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I laughed… and that would have been far funnier than my logic.

      1. EscortsForever Avatar

        Dang, that's what I was expecting – I even know that crown vics come with cabin air filters

  6. engineerd Avatar

    Cabin air filter for the most porkliest of all the pony cars: the 2009 Dodge Challenger! Weighing in at a portly 4000 lb. (that's 2 full tons for those of you playing at home), this pony car seems to have been crossbred with our porky communists from Animal Farm. It's able to cruise with up to 4 sweaty, obese passengers, but don't expect it to hang with it's competition.

  7. Blueplate Avatar

    I’m thinking you’re going for more of the prophylactic, vaccine angle.
    Trying to think of a vehicle where a really dirty air filter will get you in serious trouble, and changing it (like a timing belt) is a maintenance necessity. Did Joe Lucas make any air filters?

  8. ptschett Avatar

    How about the cabin air filter for a Contour/Mystique?