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It seemed like a good idea at the time

posted Mar 20, 2016, 1:42 PM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 1:42 PM ]
The above phrase seems to be a favorite among teenagers, drug addicts, and people who put various objects into their various bodily orifices after a couple of drinks. Very few people know that this phrase in fact originates from the 19th century.

Specifically, the above quote is taken from the memoir of Lord Lewis Bartholomew Hawthorne III, written in 1832, and relates to his contribution to the founding of what at the time was just a small settlement in a then empty county, but eventually grew into the massive metropolis known as Con City.

"I funded the majority of the construction of Con City back in 1792," he states in his memoir. "It seemed like a good idea at the time. Merchants loved it and my investment came back nearly tenfold. We had a good life in Con City. But then my brother got stabbed in an alley after a game of dice, my son drowned when one of the merchant ships sank to the bottom of the river after colliding with a fishing boat, and my daughter married a banker in the city which forced me to disown her. Now I have no family to which I could leave my fortune. I wish I had never spent a penny on building that abomination."

While the scores of people who fall victim to the extreme levels of violence reigning in Con City every year most certainly agree with Lord Hawthorne's sentiments, there are those who are very happy that he funded the construction. Among these are the one hundred and sixty-eight cats currently living and cared for by a staff of eighty servants in Hawthorne Manor, the residence of Lord Hawthorne located in the English countryside, which he left to his two cats upon his death in 1834.