“What I learned from school: I'm a fucking piece of shit. Everybody else is also a fucking piece of shit. The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.”


"The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" is meme that started on Tumblr. A kid, who went by the Tumblr username "thomas-stillinski" posted the above quote to Tumblr (grammar was altered in the above). It went viral because it just so perfectly captures how stupid life can feel when you're a high school student. You hate yourself. You hate everyone and for whatever reason the stupid teacher is blabbering on about how "the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell." Why does that matter? How is that every going be useful? The viralness of the meme continued to catch fire also because of the "things school taught me" conceptual framework, which is a nice rhetorical setup that we can all relate too; basically you just say two things that are truly bugging you that are hard and then some other random thing that is factual but has no bearing on your life. This can even work in a corporate environment. For example, "things that work taught me." People get raises that don't deserve them. Even with 60k salary, you still can't afford rate. Dropbox Paper is an ideal software for group collaboration. That's not as funny. But you get the point and if you don't I guess just trying to figure it out and go do something else. Just don't forget the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

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