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By Ian Stewart   June 2005

Pigfungler’s syndrome

“I’m becoming concerned about the incidence of Pigfungler’s syndrome,” said the Acrimonian health minister. “What are the latest figures, Bertram?”

“Out of a total population of 200 million, it is estimated that half a million Acrimonian citizens suffer from PS, minister. The figure is based on random testing of a representative sample, but it’s probably quite accurate.”

The minister stared at him. “But that doesn’t tell us which people have the disease, Bertram! We must initiate a program of testing for all citizens!”

“The most accurate test available was devised by Professor Gnutter’s team,” his secretary said.…

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