Throwback Thursday: Polio


Every Thursday that we don't forget to, Sarcasm Society looks back on some of the most popular things from years gone by and makes the case for why they never should've left in the first place!

This week: Polio

The 411: Polio is a viral infection of the nervous system which is highly contagious. Its infection game is on fleek. So thirsty! It can cause severe deformities as well as permanent paralysis. At its peak it affected nearly 400,000 people a year. It honestly doesn't really seem that viral, we've got double that many followers on Twitter!

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Where it went: A vaccine was developed by noted buzzkill Jonas Salk to prevent polio in the late 1950s. Talk about throwing shade. By the late 1980s, this vaccine was widely available. The disease has since nearly been eradicated with under 500 cases reported last year. Dat Antidote, doe.

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Why it should come back: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, widely considered to be one of the greatest US Presidents of all-time, suffered from polio. If that's not a ringing endorsement, we don't know what is. More Polio could mean more FDRs and FDR is bae. Dude had mad swag. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from those Anti-Vaxxers if we just stopped and listened for a minute. #YOLO. #jimcarrey #yourenotaboutthatlife

We Miss You, Polio. The struggle is real! #TBTPOLIO

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