Killer Bees: Big story in '90s. I actually thought I could be stung and therefore be dead at any moment. That's also when I believed that news stations reported the news. Haunta Virus: Also from the '90s. I was helping an older gentleman with household chores, one of which was moving his wood pile. I said as a joke that I didn't want to because mice lived in it and we'd get haunta virus. "It's always been around," he said, "It's just in the news right now. Next year it will be something else." It made sense, I didn't realize at the time how right he was. The other ones I remember: Swine flu Global warming Tomatoes Comets But oddly, despite a yearly catastrophe bent on killing us all, most of us are still here.