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OK Clay Tablet User

A random Assyrian clay tablet

According to Smithsonian Magazine, an Assyrian clay tablet from 2800 B.C. bears a gloomy inscription describing how the Assyrian youth were ruining civilization.

“Our Earth is degenerate in these later days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents,” the tablet supposedly reads.

The inscription is reminiscent of another that, according to Newsweek, was unearthed in the Sumerian city of Ur (located in modern-day Iraq and founded in 3800 B.C.), which says, “If the unheard-of actions of today’s youth are allowed to continue, then we are doomed.”

Source: “OK Boomer” Is Just the First Salvo of a Larger Generational Showdown (note: currently Slashdotted)

This is much too good to check for truth — it trumps my go-to example of Cotton Mather bemoaning the decline in virtue of the new generation, one full of Antinomians and Unitarians, by 4500 years or so.

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It Adds Up

Video collects life’s minor annoyances in one and a half minutes:

I think I’ve had all but five in the last year alone.

Missing, however, is dealing with banks. Or maybe that’s a major annoyance?

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Brexit Stamps (via ‘Yucks’)

The Yuks mailing list sends me these new UK stamps in honor of Brexit:

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Tor’s Matrix

Tor, the SF&F publisher, just sent out a funny chart (under the headline “fear is the cat-killer”) that I felt like sharing:

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Laughter is Precious in These Times

Onion

I knew it wasn’t real, but I laughed anyway: Depressed Mueller Wonders What It Is About Him That Makes Everyone Lie To Him

These too:

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How Europe Sees Us

Very dark humor indeed.

(Is that Patrick Stewart, or someone who just sounds a lot like him?)

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