The Onion on Industrialization

20 December 2009 at 12:49 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

At year-end the Onion is featuring “Top Ten Stories of the Last 4.5 Billion Years” and some are O&M-themed. A look at child labor is cute, if uninformed (some of them little buggers actually worked before the Industrial Revolution, believe it or not). And I liked these person-on-the-street reflections on Henry Ford:

Ethel Smith, Auto Worker: “It’s satisfying to know I’m helping to build an industry and a future for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren right here in Detroit.”

Walter Booker, Craftsman: “It’s about time. I’ve had enough of those mind-numbingly boring jobs where you have to do different things all day.”

And don’t miss “Four Or Five Guys Pretty Much Carry Whole Renaissance”: “Our research indicates that da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Galileo basically hoisted the entire intellectual transformation of mankind onto their shoulders while everyone else just sat around being superstitious nimrods.”

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