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"Luke, I am your father"...Or something like that. The famously misquoted lines quiz!
By: Maria Trimarchi
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Jessica Simpson once famously asked, "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken by the Sea.'" You laugh, but just how many everyday sayings are you saying wrong? See if you can tell which is a misquote, a false quote or what's just straight-up fake.
What did Al Gore really say about his role in the Internet's history during an interview on CNN's "Late Edition" in 1999?
Al Gore never claimed he invented the Internet. What he actually said was, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet," which is in regard to the role he played in making sure the Internet as we know it today was funded.
What was it the young George Washington said after chopping down a cherry tree?
Actually Washington didn't say the famous line, "I cannot tell a lie." The quote comes from a biography written about him in the 19th century.
Obi-Wan never told Luke Skywalker what happened to his father. How does Darth Vader tell Luke he's his father?
In "The Empire Strikes Back," Darth Vader's actual statement is, "No, I am your father."
Although everyone thinks he said it during his historic ride, Paul Revere never actually yelled what to warn the colonists?
What he did say, though, was, "The regulars are out."
What does the Wicked Queen say to the mirror in the original Disney classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?"
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” is what we think she says. But the actual saying is, “Magic mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?”
We quote Alexander Pope when he said, "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." But what did he really say?
What Pope actually said was, "a little learning is a dangerous thing."
Who famously said, "There's a sucker born every minute"?
While we always give Barnum credit for this optimistic statement, he never said it. It may have been a man named David Hannum, commenting on Barnum's business practices and ethics.
"Curiousity killed the cat," but that's not the entire saying. How does it end?
The complete saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back."
Which "Star Trek" catchphrase never actually appeared in the original TV series?
"Beam me up, Scotty," was never actually spoken in "Star Trek." The closest to this line was, "Scotty, beam us up.”
He wrote of the idea in The Prince, but Niccolo Machiavelli never said, "the end justifies the means." What did he really say?
The idea dates back to 10 B.C. when the poet Ovid wrote about it in "Heroides." When Machiavelli wrote about it he said, "One must consider the final result."
Who doesn't love Marilyn Monroe's feisty quote that "well-behaved women rarely make history"? Except she didn't say it. Who did?
Attributed to Monroe, it was Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a professor at Harvard, who actually said it.
Which classic line from "Casablanca" do most of us get wrong?
No one ever actually said, "Play it again, Sam." Ingrid Bergman, as Ilsa Lund, says, "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"
What is missing from "blood, sweat and tears" that was part of Winston Churchill's original quote?
Churchill really said, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat," but we made it famous without the toiling.
"The proof is in the pudding" is a shortened version of which statement?
This saying dates back to the 14th century, but we only started to say it wrong in the 1920s. Rather than "the proof is in the pudding," the saying is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
We credit Confucius as saying, "the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step," but who really said it?
It was Lao Tzu, not Confucius, who said it.
Authorship isn't the only thing we get wrong about, "the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step." How long was the original journey?
When Lao Tzu said it, it was a journey of 400 miles, not 1,000: "A journey of 400 miles begins beneath one’s feet."
What did Marie Antoinette say the people should eat?
We take for granted that Marie Antoinette famously said, "Let them eat cake," but it was French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau who did. Well, actually, it was, "Let them eat brioche!"
Is money the root of all evil?
It's not money that's the root of all evil, according to the original source (Timothy 6:10), it's the love of money that is.
Gene Kranz, flight director of Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle missions, is credited with saying, "Failure is not an option," but he didn't. Where did the phrase really come from?
Apollo 13 FDO Flight Controller Jerry Bostick is the real origin of the saying. Later it became the title of Gene Kranz's autobiography and a line in the "Apollo 13" movie.
Which member of the Apollo 13 crew said, "Houston, we have a problem"?
Tom Hanks, in the fictional crew of "Apollo 13" in the 1995 movie of the same name, is the only one who says "Houston, we have a problem."
Which Marvel superhero said, "with great power comes great responsibility"?
The phrase isn't spoken by any Marvel character. It does, though, appear in "Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy No. 15" -- as a caption on the last panel.
What did Neil Armstrong say when he became the first person to set foot on the moon?
Although we continue to believe he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong always insisted he actually said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Which is the real Murphy's Law?
The original adage was, “If there’s more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way."
Which is the correct way to say, "one fell swoop"?
The saying, first said in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," is, "one fell swoop."
In which of Edgar Rice Burroughs' books are we introduced to the line, "Me Tarzan. You Jane"?
It's what everyone remembers about Tarzan and Jane, but the line doesn't appear in any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories or books.
How does the three witches' chorus go in Shakespeare's "Macbeth?"
Although many of us know it as, "Bubble, bubble toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble," the chorus actually goes, "Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
"The rest is," as the saying goes, "____."
The rest, the saying goes, is silence.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage what?
This is the first line of William Congreve's play, "The Mourning Bride," and actually says, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast/To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”
Which is the correct Mae West quote: "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" or "Come up and see me sometime"?
Mae West said "Come up and see me sometime," and "Why don't you come up sometime and see me? I'm home every evening" in her movies (and "Why don't you..." came first).
Which is the correct adage about gilding the lily?
Shakespeare gave us this one: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily.”
How did Mark Twain reply to rumors of his death in 1897?
Although many of us know the quote as, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated," Twain wrote, "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
When Dr. Frankenstein's monster comes to life, he yells what?
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