Don't know if this is just a coincidence but....

2007 - Chinese year of the Chicken - Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia

2008 - Chinese year of the Horse - Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing

2009 - Chinese year of the Pig - Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of pigs around the globe.

Has any one else noticed this?

It gets worse........

Next year......

2010 - Chinese year of the Cock - what could possibly go wrong ?
Short answer, No. Surely not another 'china bashing' thread. 2010 is the year of the Tiger, a graceful and intelligent creature so we will be all right.
2009 is the year of the Ox anyway. 2005 was the Rooster. I think that 2008 was the Rat.

This could be why no one has noticed this ground breaking theory.


Book Reviewer
When's it going to be my turn then?
Biped. I'll see if I can get one of the other animals to take a gap year. Then it's all yours.
rockpile said:
2009 is the year of the Ox anyway. 2005 was the Rooster. I think that 2008 was the Rat.

This could be why no one has noticed this ground breaking theory.
Rocky,I only cut and paste this crap for the amusement of others.
Van etc. I suspected that. I did hope to to get responses from those who didn't know the calendar. That's why the 'China' bit was dropped in.

Apologies for spoiling your thread. I was going to ask Biped to do his profile for his year next !


Book Reviewer
I'm glad you asked me that question! I'm hedging my bets on this one, in the hope that in terms of Chinese 'Year ofs', my fairly broad description will see me get more than my fair due of years named after me and my kind.

Bipedalism is a form of terrestrial locomotion where an organism moves by means of its two rear limbs, or legs. An animal or machine that usually moves in a bipedal manner is known as a biped (pronounced /ˈbaɪpɛd/), meaning "two feet" (from the Latin bi for "two" and ped for "foot"). Types of bipedal movement include walking, running, or hopping, on two appendages (typically legs).

Relatively few modern species are habitual bipeds whose normal method of locomotion is two-legged. Within mammals, habitual bipedalism has evolved four times, with the macropods, kangaroo mice, springhare and homininan apes. In the Triassic period some groups of archosaurs (a group that includes the ancestors of crocodiles) developed bipedalism; among their descendants the dinosaurs all the early forms and many later groups were habitual or exclusive bipeds; the birds descended from one group of exclusively bipedal dinosaurs.

A larger number of modern species are capable of bipedal movement for a short time in exceptional circumstances. Several non-archosaurian lizard species move bipedally when running, usually to escape from threats. Many animals rear up on their hind legs while fighting. A few animals commonly stand on their hind legs, in order to reach food or to keep watch, but do not move bipedally.

There are two main types of bipedal locomotion: macropods, some smaller birds[citation needed], and heteromyid rodents move by hopping on both legs simultaneously; other groups, including apes and larger birds, walk or run by moving one leg at a time.
So, you can stick me down for the years of the:


Basically, I'll do stand-in for those guys if they need some time out from being representative to ideologies.
Thank you Biped. However, (there is always a however) I do not believe that you have distinguished yourself sufficiently from other creatures which usually stand on their hind legs. Gordon Brown for example.

Now if you think that I will suggest to the Buddha that one of his fellow party-goers should stand down in favour of anyone like Broon then you have overestimated my bravery. There are limits to friendship after all.
What would us mortals expect from your year in office?

Similar threads

Latest Threads