I hadn't realized there were any similarities, but Victor Davis Hanson makes a pretty good case.
As for so many other instances from history, the facts are a bit more complicated.
"Founding population that crossed into Alaska from Siberia and gave rise to original Native Americans consisted of just 250 people"
And they became millions, all the way down to Argentina.
Dang, another great story gone.
Four-minute video revisiting The Population Bomb's terrible forecast.
Related: "13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970".
Account of the invention of the cellphone.
The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was 9 inches tall, contained 30 circuit boards and could store 30 numbers. After charging for 10 hours, it had enough juice to sustain 35 minutes of conversation. The price tag started at $3,999; most plans cost 50 cents per minute.
The next time you're tempted to curse some aspect of the Modern Age, pause and give thanks for TP.
So true. Much lower child mortality, recorded music, electric lighting. (And he doesn't even mention grocery stores.)
I was listening to this Craig Ferguson interview and Craig said something to the effect that most of the leading philosophers had no kids. I thought: really? I'm empirically oriented, so my first thought was to get a list of philosophers and check. I tried Wikipedia for the list, but it was very, very long. I sampled six I had actually heard of and found . . . they all had no children. But needless to say, a non-random sample of six is not much evidence.
I mentioned this to my wife and she said why not Google it? I did and turned up this piece.
Have I mentioned recently that I love Google?
"A Stubborn NYC Tenant Held Out For An Absolutely Insane Amount Of Money To Finally Leave His Rent-Controlled Apartment"
"Insane" to him, but compared to what the owners were spending on the building, peanuts to them.