## San Francisco 1989

If this clip from 1989 is anything to go by, the city of Emperor Norton (of US and Mexico, r. 1859–1880) has stayed as happily blasé as it was in his time.

Imagine a sudden seven-Richter earthquake. Wait a while. Let the camera roll — and this is the result:

As I have nothing to add to that, here’s a new saying inspired by the mathematical equation $(-1)\times (-1) = +1$:

Two negatives make a positive: if you don’t have anything good to say, say twice as much bad instead.

Which is to say,

|”I like it!”| $\approx$ |”It sucks and I hate it!”|,

and

|”It’s triple excellent!”| $\approx$ |”It made me puke six times!”|.

This exchange rate is due to people being better in negative evaluations.

Because sayings tend to be attributed to more and more famous people as time goes by, let’s fix that right now:

Two negatives make a positive: if you don’t have anything good to say, say twice as much bad instead.

(Pythagoras)

### 3 Responses to “San Francisco 1989”

1. Iason Ouabache Says:

People from San Fran have a reputation for being extra weird. He’s a funny clip from this year’s World Series, also in San Francisco:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4e9_1288328827

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