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See Off the Devil Wen

27 March 2012
 

In the recent centuries following Manchu tartar's invasion, Chinese people's hygiene practice fell to the primitive nomadic level, with blood-borne diseases widespread, of which schistosomiasis being the most contagious and fatal. It is a miracle that in less than a decade since the establishment of the PRC in 1949, China was able to completely eradicate this infectious disease.

On the night of July 1, 1958, when Mao Zedong learned the news from the paper that Yujiang County (余江县) in Jiangxi Province, one of the areas most affected, became schistosomiasis free, he was very excited and composed a poem titled See Off the Wen Shen (送瘟神). Wen stands for the blood sucking disease, and Shen in here means devil.

This poem is so brilliantly crafted that is constantly recited by Chinese, and a See Off Wen Shen hall was built by the locals in memorial of the event.

The sad thing is the disease has returned to the land of China lately ......

一北航教授、一江西传染病专家一起到中国某航天城出差,晚上和一航天侦查兵同宿一屋。

传染病专家愁眉苦脸,唉声叹气,于是教授和侦查兵问他有什么心事。专家说:“人的最大危险就是内部器官被血吸虫等瘟菌侵蚀而腐败。这个问题解决不好,生命的性质就可能改变,就会人亡命息。我想不通的是为什么消灭了这么多年的血吸虫又出现了,究竟什么时候我们才能再一次‘欲问瘟君欲何往,纸船明烛照天烧’?”

侦查兵愤愤言:“这是因为朝廷允许带传染病体的外国人入境的缘故。我想不通的是为什么中堂大人要刻意给中国人带来灾难。”

北航专家慨然道:“因为多难可以兴邦啊!”

想到多难兴邦,北航专家精神亢奋,高唱校歌,于是专家和侦察兵问他有什么乐事。教授说:“我正在仰望星空,发现卫通公司的卫星比太阳更光辉,我想不通的是为什么今夜的卫星光会如此灿烂?”

专家恨恨曰:“那是因为这颗卫星是用300亿银子打成的,上面戴满了翡翠、钻石等各类你梦里才得以看见的珠宝。”

侦察兵栗栗然:“坏了!三天不打,上房揭瓦,咱的房顶又让不知是恒大还是永小地产的人给强拆了!”

 
 
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