You’ve probably seen the photos going around the Interent showing Mexicans wearing masks as a precaution against swine flu – right? Proof – if it is needed – that even in times of terror, people can still retain a zany sense of humour.
And if you’ve always wanted a droopy moustache, then why not go ahead and make your dream come true?
At first I thought that these humorous masks arose due to swine flu. But, apparently not. Back in 2003, when SARS was scaring the living daylights out of us, people were making fashion statements back then too.
After all, they didn’t want any monkey business out of SARS, did they?
I started wondering if these funny masks only made an appearance during times of pandemics and mass hysteria. But they don’t.
During the flu and allergy seasons in Japan, it is common to see people sporting masks, both to keep out other people’s germs and to keep in their own.
Although the Centre for Disease Control states that wearing a surgical mask is not likely to prevent you from getting a virus, if you want the comfort of wearing one, then you may as well do it with style.