Say what you will about lists– arbitrariness, bias and accuracy issues aside, they are the internet’s preferred vehicle for conveying information. So we guess we should care when The World University Rankings declare Penn to be the 16th best university in the world.
16, eh? Maybe dad will stop being such a prick and buy us our own car now. But really,we’re behind every other Ivy except Cornell (20), Brown (49) and Dartmouth (90)? And we’re one-upped by a technical institute in Zurich, where they presumably spend all day stuffing cheese and chocolate into their pocket watches. These shenanigans have happened before, and will happen again, so don’t fuss about it. Celebrate! You only have a Sweet 16 once.