Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sword of Damocles

Courtesy of somebody on WIKI-WIKI-WIKI:
Damocles was an excessively flattering courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse—a fourth century BC tyrant of Syracuse. He exclaimed that, as a great man of power and authority, Dionysius was truly fortunate.

Dionysius offered to switch places with him for a day, so he could taste first-hand that fortune.

In the evening a banquet was held, where Damocles very much enjoyed being waited upon like a king.

Only at the end of the meal did he look up and notice a sharpened sword hanging by a single piece of horsehair directly above his head:
Immediately, he lost all taste for the fine foods and asked leave of the tyrant, saying he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.
Things are looking grim at my old company. Some crazy ass shit, innit? I think I speak for all my readers when I ask, "What are those white folks doing up in there??"

Everybody get your taxes done? Guv'ment gott' git paid, n'ahm sayin?

P.S.: Dear Internet, please give us access to this.


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