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Oh, goddamnit, now Trump's ruined 69 jokes, too

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69, which everyone knows is “the sex number,” has, until this morning, been reliably, innocently funny. You write it on something and it looks like two people engaged in wholesome, egalitarian, mutual oral sex. You type it on the internet and others respond “nice” in a linguistically solidified form of appreciation. It’s a good time. It hurts nobody.

It’s also one of the few things that has made a successful transition from being scrawled on lockers with Sharpie to the modern social media landscape. And now, after bringing us all together, 69 jokes are fucking done.


Aside from Trump’s tweet using a vaguely worded bit of optimism too speculative to actually matter, the real issue at hand here is the proximity of both “69%” and “Nice!” in this message. Something we all took for granted has been spoiled by association.

The loss is already being felt across the internet.


None of this is “nice.” It is, in fact, so bad that other people are forecasting this as an important historical landmark future generations will look back on in wonder.


All of a sudden the 69-year-old man who tried (and failed) to change his age to 49 makes a whole lot of sense. We should’ve listened to this unlikely prophet. He knew which way the wind was blowing. Even someone like him—a Trump-admiring, self-proclaimed “young god” who wanted to name a pair of his kids “Rolls” and “Royce”—must have had visions of the strange new directions 2019 would take us all.


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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.