“Sunday Morning,” the television news magazine, carried a piece yesterday about the dangers of mosquitoes, which reminded me of an “Amusing Monday” I wrote a year ago. Coming off a week of vacation, I thought this would be a good time for a rerun with a few updates.
Last year, people were complaining that mosquitoes in Western Washington were larger, angrier and more abundant than ever before. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a repeat performance this year.
Although I have not seen any expert analysis about this, some people believe that the mild winter and wet spring worked in favor of mosquitoes, creating some of the largest swarms of nasty bugs they have ever encountered.
Of course, mosquitoes are serious business, given that they can transmit the dangerous West Nile virus. But even the staid Washington Department of Health knows that humor can go a long way in getting a message across. Check out the videos released at this time last year:
I’ve collected a variety of funny video clips related to mosquitoes. When you can’t avoid the nasty little insects, try to remember your favorite one.
First, a limerick by Madeleine Begun Kane:
Mosquitos are on the attack.
They have bitten my arms and my back.
You may call ‘em God’s creatures —
These venomous leechers —
I’m tired of being their snack.