"Shit Happens"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 30 23:36:40 UTC 2004

The earliest hit on Nexis for "shit happens" is Washington Post, 8 June
1988, referring to a bumper sticker.  There is some slightly earlier
evidence on Google groups.

Can anyone shed any other light on the early history of this expression?
Jesse, what is the earliest evidence in the HDAS files? the OED files?

Fred Shapiro

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