[News] Around The Rest of World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

I am not even going to try to find a picture of “wearing socks with thongs”, because that means something completely different outside Australia.

To American eyes, that reads as “I wear socks with bum floss, come at me”. Which is ever so much more entertaining, but also, ewww.

Calling flip-flops thongs isn't a strictly Australian thing though. That's what we called them when I was growing up. As best I can tell, they only really switched to being exclusively called flip-flops when the underwear became popular.

Robear wrote:

To American eyes, that reads as “I wear socks with bum floss, come at me”. Which is ever so much more entertaining, but also, ewww.

I don't want cold toes, regardless of what skivvies I'm rocking, so yeah.

LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

LeapingGnome wrote:
LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

Yes they are. That's why you put the socks on.

This really isn't complicated.

LeapingGnome wrote:
LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

I think the desirability of a short skirt with a long jacket is well established.

Bruce wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:
LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

I think the desirability of a short skirt with a long jacket is well established.

In that case, one wants a girl with the right allocations
Who's fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack

Although she will have "shoes that cut."

LeapingGnome wrote:
LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

I live in a tropical country. My feet are never cold. That doesn't even come up in the calculation of whether I wear socks or not.

LeapingGnome wrote:
LarryC wrote:

What's so wrong about wearing socks with sandals?

Are your feet cold, or not? It is like wearing a coat with shorts.

Canada has entered the chat

GOD I wish this was the only discourse I had to think about each day.

There is a picture I have where I am wearing socks with croc sandals that I put as my Facebook profile pic every time my wife is out of town.

Yes, this upsets her, and yes, that is why I do it.

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UpToIsomorphism wrote:

There is a picture I have where I am wearing socks with croc sandals that I put as my Facebook profile pic every time my wife is out of town.

Yes, this upsets her, and yes, that is why I do it.

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You’re a monster.

Someone wants be banned real bad.

Have you considered getting those toe-socks and then sandals?

#InstigationIsAnArtForm

mudbunny wrote:

Have you considered getting those toe-socks and then sandals?

#InstigationIsAnArtForm

I now know what I must do the next time my wife is on a work trip... assuming those are things we will ever be able to do again.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Calling flip-flops thongs isn't a strictly Australian thing though. That's what we called them when I was growing up. As best I can tell, they only really switched to being exclusively called flip-flops when the underwear became popular.

Now I got the thong song stuck in my head.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

Have you considered getting those toe-socks and then sandals?

#InstigationIsAnArtForm

I now know what I must do the next time my wife is on a work trip... assuming those are things we will ever be able to do again.

No, no, no, you gotta get cornier socks. Plain, white dad calf-socks.

I think the toe socks would bother her more, you know... if a Stanta is listening.

A ‘Historic Event’: First Malaria Vaccine Approved by W.H.O.

New York Times wrote:

The world has gained a new weapon in the war on malaria, among the oldest known and deadliest of infectious diseases: the first vaccine shown to help prevent the disease. By one estimate, it will save tens of thousands of children each year.

Malaria kills about half a million people each year, nearly all of them in sub-Saharan Africa — including 260,000 children under 5. The new vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, rouses a child’s immune system to thwart Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of five malaria pathogens and the most prevalent in Africa.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the vaccine, the first step in a process that should lead to wide distribution in poor countries. To have a malaria vaccine that is safe, moderately effective and ready for distribution is “a historic event,” said Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of the W.H.O.’s global malaria program.

Malaria is rare in the developed world. There are just 2,000 cases in the United States each year, mostly among travelers returning from countries in which the disease is endemic.

The vaccine, called Mosquirix, is not just a first for malaria — it is the first developed for any parasitic disease. Parasites are much more complex than viruses or bacteria, and the quest for a malaria vaccine has been underway for a hundred years.

“It’s a huge jump from the science perspective to have a first-generation vaccine against a human parasite,” Dr. Alonso said.

In clinical trials, the vaccine had an efficacy of about 50 percent against severe malaria in the first year, but the figure dropped close to zero by the fourth year. And the trials did not directly measure the vaccine’s impact on deaths, which has led some experts to question whether it is a worthwhile investment in countries with countless other intractable problems.

But severe malaria accounts for up to half of malaria deaths and is considered “a reliable proximal indicator of mortality,” said Dr. Mary Hamel, who leads the W.H.O.’s malaria vaccine implementation program. “I do expect we will see that impact.”

A modeling study last year estimated that if the vaccine were rolled out to countries with the highest incidence of malaria, it could prevent 5.4 million cases and 23,000 deaths in children younger than 5 each year.

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The next step is for Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, to determine that the vaccine is a worthwhile investment. If the organization’s board approves the vaccine — not guaranteed, given the vaccine’s moderate efficacy and the many competing priorities — Gavi will purchase the vaccine for countries that request it, a process that is expected to take at least a year.

But as with Covid-19, problems with vaccine production and supply could considerably delay progress. And the pandemic has also diverted resources and attention from other diseases, said Deepali Patel, who leads malaria vaccine programs at Gavi.