Ever hear the expression, "May you live in interesting times?" I had heard it was supposed to be a ancient Chinese curse, A quick check of The Quote Investigator shows that's an undocumented rumor.

Quote Investigator: Fred R. Shapiro who is the editor of “The Yale Book of Quotations” has noted that: “No authentic Chinese saying to this effect has ever been found”. 1 In addition, Ralph Keyes stated in “The Quote Verifier” that nobody has ever been able to confirm the Chinese origin claim. 

The earliest strong match known to QI appeared in a March 1936 newspaper report in “The Yorkshire Post” of West Yorkshire, England. The expression was used in a speech by an influential British statesman. Boldface has been added to excerpts: 3Sir Austen Chamberlain...“It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us.”

The point is, whether the Chinese said it or not, is that it has come to mean a sort of "wishing you the worst," based on the chaos and tumult that comes with so-called "interesting" times.

We are 84 years down the road from that article in the Yorkshire post but we get the idea and it seems to apply to today.

Look what's out there waiting on the horizon.

Impeachment, Election 2020, the Durham Report, Issues with North Korea/Iran/China/Russia/Venezuela/Mexico/Afghanistan to name a few, illegal immigration, gun control, possible changes to the Supreme Court, a governor's race, $30 car tabs, a new Yakima City Council, possible change to a Yakima strong mayor form of government, homelessness, mental health, drugs ... the list goes on and on.

If it's making news in 2020, we'll be talking about it with you in the days, weeks and months ahead, now in the 19th year of KIT's Morning News with Dave and Lance.

Thanks for the ears all these years.  More news, information, inspiration, perspiration and a little desperation to come.  Let's make this the BEST year ever and NEVER give up!.

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