Since the frenzy over swine flu has died down, this article is not terribly fresh, but it is damn funny. It is about how Serbs prefer garlic as prevention from swine flu versus vaccinations. Here are a two of my favorite clips…..
“Garlic is the best, forget the vaccines,” said Marko Jankovic, an elderly Belgrader, with the pungent smell of garlic obvious as he spoke at the crowded Kaleniceva Pijaca market. “From the vaccine, you can get sick. From garlic, you can only get bad breath.”
Garlic is kept on doorsteps or in pockets to keep vampires away, and under babies’ pillows to ensure a healthy and prosperous life. Serbs often consume garlic as a snack together with slivovitz, a strong plum brandy.