The following are corrections to common misquotes I’ve heard lately.
- Gandhi never actually said “It’s time to open a can of whoop-ass.” It was Duke Nukem.
- Jennifer Lopez is quoted as saying “My seat-bottom can be used as a flotation device”; the correct source is American Airlines.
- Christie McAuliff never said “What does this button do?”
- The phrase “I’m Batman” was spoken by Batman, not the Green Lantern.
- General MacArthur said “I shall return,” not “I’ll be back.”
- No one ever actually said “Let’s elect Bush for a third term.”
- Michael Moore never said “No, thank you, I’m full.” His actual words were “Whaddya mean, no thirds?”
- Franklin Roosevelt’s actual words were “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” not the more commonly heard “The only thing we have to fear is Polio.”
- “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” This is alternately attributed to Garth Brooks or Kenny Chesney; the correct speaker is John F. Kennedy.
- It was “Use the force, Luke,” not “Use force, Luke.” Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars.
- Frosted Lucky Charms are not “magically malicious,” as you’ll often hear.
- Nike’s slogan was “Just do it,” not “Make it so,” as many claim. (The latter was Captain Picard.)
- Speaking of Picard, the first season winner of TV’s The Bachelor did not propose marriage by saying, “Engage!”
Hope that clears thing up.