An ancient Chinese proverb goes like this: "May you live in interesting times." With all the economic fun recently, I guess we've met that. Most people don't know it, but the "interesting times" proverb was the first of three. The other two are "May you come to the attention of those in authority" and "May you find what you are looking for."
Some people interpret these as less proverb and more curse. I think I agree with that sentiment.