Slowly, I’ve become aware that this has attained a sort-of underground catchphrase status. When I ran a treasure hunt earlier this year, one of the students accidentally broke part of the treasure chest I was using as a prop — nothing I couldn’t fix quickly, but he was chagrined. And his teammate immediately said “This is why we can’t have nice things,” with such a concentration of irony that you could almost hear the quotation marks.
But what was he quoting? Does this phrase originate somewhere? Anybody know?