Thursday, November 03, 2016

Hell Froze Over

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo begins the celebration.
Like "when hell freezes over," Cubs win World Series has been a short-hand expression in science fiction time-travel to show how unexpected (or ridiculous) the future turned out to be. Last night was also a time to re-acquaint Americans with history. The Fox Sports announcers commented on who was alive in 1908, the last time that the Cubs won the World Series e.g., Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell. The SF Chronicle made other gee(zer)-whiz observations:
At the time, Theodore Roosevelt was president, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states, and the first Ford Model T car was two weeks old.
The science-fiction writers will now have to come up with a different metaphor. By the way, given the advances in genetics, I wouldn't give "when pigs fly" a long shelf-life either.

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