Sociology professors love this quotation because it demonstrates something weird we humans tend to do - to forever see the younger generations as horrible and getting worse, and certain to bring about the downfall of society. See, this quotation, which easily have come from pretty much any pundit on Fox News this morning comes from none other than Plato.
At least that's what I thought when I looked it up online just now. Turns out, it's not from Plato at all. And it's all Stephen Fry's fault.
|He kind of dresses like a sociology professor|
|Seen here wearing the canary|
Back to the quotation I bet you thought I'd forgotten about: even though it's been attributed to Plato by news publications all over the planet, including the New York Times and The Chicago Herald, it wasn't written by Plato, or Socrates, or Sam the Eagle, or a Fox News Host.
A few other facts that might make you feel like Stephen Fry is somewhere in England, wearing a bad tie and mocking you:
- The city with the highest crime rate in the world is Vatican City.
- The driest place on earth is Antarctica, parts of which haven't seen rain in millions of years.
- Two thirds of the world's population has never seen snow. Lucky bastards.
- The largest thing a blue whale can swallow is a grapefruit.
- Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. Actually, he handled the containment effort quite capably.
- The Inca measured time based on how long it took to cook a potato.
Sources for most of the facts above can be found in The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd (one of the show's creators) and John Hitchinson. Or by watching QI.