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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/08/2009

Swine Flu? Forearmed Is Forewarned

"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Time for Friday's Reading List, when we catch up with fave items of the week...

1. Swine flu hygiene has inspired Scott Adams to muse about safer forms of salutation on his DILBERT blog.

Famed germophobe Howie Mandell, of course, prefers the fist bump. Similarly, Adams proposes adopting a forearm bump (a la the old McGwire/Canseco "Bash Brothers," perhaps) in the current pan-battle of germ warfare. During this time, we might also consider The Bicep Bump, the Toe Tap or the Surgical Mask Swat as an alternative. Your suggestions are welcome.

2. Some months back, 'Riffs highlighted the engaging animation of "Traced." Now the creator has a new one posted, titled "Smoking." You can view all the work on the TRACED Web site.

3. The latest issue of The New Yorker has a pretty good menagerie of cartoons, but in our ever-continuing morbid fascination with "Newspapers Are Dying!" toons, THIS ONE cuts the deepest.

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