A barrel full of a nauseating-looking stew of what looks like sputum, blood and pus appears on the Nicollet Mall.
Behind it is a large sign, set off by bright, blinking lights:
BARREL MIGHT CONTAIN
HIGH CONCENTRATION OF
Exposure Could Very Possibly
If true, do not Lick, Drink,
Rub on Skin or Smear on Face!
(Also, it might not. You’ll have to
lick, drink or smear it on you
to find out what’s in the barrel)
Let’s assume there are three groups of people walking past this barrel:
Epidemiologists, Virologists, and other people with the medical and science background to know what a “Barrel full of Ebola virus” means – figure maybe 1/1,000 of the passing audience
People who without medical or scientific training, but who think the idea of licking, drinking, or rubbing a concoction rich in Ebola viruses on their face is a bad idea, and refrain from doing so
People who say “Yes, We Can!”, and lick, smear their faces with, or guzzle a pint of the concoction.
Question: Of the three groups above, who are the stupid ones?