I honestly don’t know who coined the term ‘hamthrax’ for the swine flu H1N1. I do know who I first heard it from, though. That would be Shawn Handyside (HALOLZ) giving credit to Brian Clevinger (8-Bit Theater and Atomic Robo) for coining the term. So as far as my finite universe goes the originator of the word hamthrax is Brian Clevinger.
The second I heard the word hamthrax, all I could think about was Pokémon. Seriously, hamthrax sounds like the name of one of the lamer pokémons… Or is it pokémen or is it just pokémon like deer being the plural of deer? Whatever. That’s what I thought of.
I also want to mention that H1N1 sounds like a droid from Star Wars.
C-3PO: No, I don’t think he likes you at all.
[H1N1 beeps again]
C-3PO: No, I don’t like you either.