"The factory was assembled lakeside. There were start up problems. And a fire. Flooding. An explosion. More flooding. And another fire."
"It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black."
"I'm Deceased Crab, Let's Play Eversion! And I'm starting to realize why the game said, 'Not for children or those of a nervous disposition.'"
"And then, somehow, it got worse."
— Common Russian Joke, when asked to sum up their country's history.
"The first ten million years were the worst, and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline."
— Marvin the Paranoid Android, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"If you see God first, tell him shit got worse."
"Shit just got real."
— Marcus Bennett, Bad Boys II
"Here ends The Silmarillion. If it has passed from the high and the beautiful to darkness and ruin, that was of old the fate of Arda Marred; and if any change shall come and the Marring be amended, Manwë and Varda may know; but they have not revealed it, and it is not declared in the dooms of Mandos."
"No matter what, there is more fucked up shit than what you just saw."
— Rule 36 of the Internet
Mario: Take it easy, Luigi; things could be worse.
Luigi: We're trapped in a dungeon, about to be executed! How could things be any worse?
Mario: Well for one thing, the roof could fall until it flattens us like a pizza!
(The ceiling actually starts lowering)
Toad: Very uncool, dudes; the ceiling is lowering!
Mario: Or the room could fill with water until we all drown like rats!
(The room starts filling with water)
Peach: We've gotta get out of here!
Mario: Hey, I could think of another way things could be worse!
Luigi: Mario, pun-leeze! Don't say another word!
Cameron Vale: What happened to him? Is he better?
Dr. Ruth: Worse.
Cameron Vale: How could he possibly be worse?
Dr. Ruth: At the age of 22, he was highly self-destructive. Now, at 35, he is simply destructive.
"And you know, sometimes you think it really can't get much worse... and then it does."
No, scratch that - the wheels fell off, the car caught fire, then crashed into a bus full of nuns holding babies.
Dana: How is he these days?
Egon: Peter? Well, he was borderline for a while... then he crossed the border.
"...as a general rule, when things look bad there's always some dickhead who can make them worse."
— Terry Pratchett on history.
"It's probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience. On the contrary, it seems that some exponential effect begins to obtain as deeper and deeper darkness falls, little as one may like to admit it, human experience tends, in a good many ways, to support the idea that when the nightmare grows black enough, horror spawns horror, one coincidental evil begets other, often more deliberate evils, until finally blackness seems to cover everything."
"Remember when I mentioned the Spy plague being one of the worst things that GalCiv can throw at you? This is worse."
"Two fellows in the Soviet Union are walking down the street. One of them said, 'Have we reached full communism? Is this it? Is this true communism?' The other one said, 'Hell no, things are gonna get a lot worse.'"
"I'm playing Top Gun with the Power Glove. It's like puking on a pile of shit!"
''"But that wasn't the end of Goliath's troubles. No, not by any means. For one thing, his mother gave him a sound spanking with a stout blade of grass. Oh it hurt a little bit, but not half as much as being scorned by the entire herd of elephants. You see, according to the elephant law, deserting the herd is a major offense, and the deserted is branded a soundrel, a rogue elephant, a traitor to that high and imperial order of pompous pachyderms. Oh it was terrible, but worst of all, he had disgraced his proud father, Goliath the first."
— The story record version of Goliath II
What does he mean, "When things go bad"? What? This doesn't mean qualify as bad?
Customer: “Yeah, I accidentally spilled some soda into my laptop keyboard.”
Customer: “So I shut it off immediately, but the keys were all sticky.”
Me: “Okay, so we—”
Customer: “So I decided that I would run it through the dishwasher.”
Me: “You what?”
Customer: “So yeah, I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything if I didn’t turn it on right away, while it was still wet.”
Me: “So, your laptop is—”
Customer: “Well, I didn’t want to wait for it to dry. So I figured I could use a blow dryer on it.”
(A blow dryer typically heats up to less than 160 degrees F or about 71 degrees C.)
Me: “So the laptop needs—”
Customer: “But I didn’t actually have a blow dryer, I only had a heat gun.”
(Heat guns are shop and industrial tools used to melt plastics, solder, and a host of other things, often generating heat in the 1100 degrees F [about 600 C] range. Keyboards can melt at temperatures as low as 200 degrees F/93 degrees C.)
Me: “So, you need to—”
Customer: “So, the whole middle of the laptop is melted. Do you think I need to send it in?”
All in all, Joanna's scenario would result in virtually all life dying out pretty fast. But then things would get even worse.