Courtesy of Craig Calcaterra
A disgruntled old man named Jack Cowan wrote The Columbus Dispatch
this week lamenting the supposed weakness of today's "snowflake" generation, due to the school cancellations in cities like Columbus and Cleveland related to the 90-degree-plus heat wave of the last two weeks.
Hell, the crotchety old man argued, he survived the hottest heat wave in Ohio history — the summer of 1934 when temps reached 106 degrees — so why can't these kids just sit in school and roast like he did.
Of course, air conditioning units didn't become a popular home purchase until after World War II, but Jack wants to remind everyone that back in his day, people could withstand the heat with salt tablets and that "hot classrooms were so far down on the list of discomforts as to be a non-event."
THAT'S WHAT MADE HIS THE GREATEST GENERATION, PEOPLE.
Of course, school wasn't in session
during the heat wave of 1934.
And, of course, an estimated 160 people died during the 1934 heat wave in Ohio.
But hey, these friggin' snowflake kids, amirite?