Me, attempting to engender dinner conversation that does not include gross scientific stuff:
What do you think are the five most important moments in history in the past 100 years?
World War I, and World War II. Was the telephone invented in the past 100 years?
Me: I’m pretty sure that was invented before 1919.
YD: Okay, then, the invention of the internet. The Great Depression, and the Counter-cultural movement of the 1960s. That’s five.
The Common Household Husband:
The invention of frozen foods was very important. The invention of air conditioning. Casual Fridays! Theme parks. And TV game shows.
Younger Daughter: Dad, those are not moments in history!
Husband: They changed my life.
Me: My turn. I think the internal combustion engine was invented before 1919. The invention of antibiotics was very important. The invention of reliable birth control. The Holocaust. The invention of robots – industrial robots. Hmmm. And the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The internet. That’s for all five. Can I go now?