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New Nineveh

Posted by G. Cauldron on February 20, 2010 at 19:04

In one episode of the Simpsons, Lisa predicts that in 50 years, the planet will be nigh uninhabitable primarily due to climate change. She refers to this global wasteland as a "New Nineveh." I looked up this phrase, and it doesn't have the connotation Lisa ascribes to it. Any clue as to why the writers chose this term as a kind of synonym for apocalyptic dystopia?

Thanks much!