Sunday, May 27, 2007

How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)

Image of Paris from here.

Answer: I guess you can't. Apparently, May 23 2007 was the day scientists estimated the worlds population became more urban than rural:
There’s no big countdown billboard or sign in Times Square to denote it, but Wednesday, May 23, 2007, represents a major demographic shift, according to scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia: For the first time in human history, the earth’s population will be more urban than rural.
(HT: Sullivan) In the U.S., this happened in the late 1910's. Here's a link to the song referenced in the title of this post.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mad Latinist said...

It turns out that the 1910's US shift explains a number of pop-culture tropes you probably never thought of. See here for an explanation.

10:59 PM, May 27, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

That is interesting. When I launch into an "old person" impression, I adopt stereotypical rural speech patterns, too (probably badly).

6:26 PM, May 28, 2007  

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