October 2019

Winston Churchill: “An empty taxi pulled up and out stepped Clement Attlee” Quote or No Quote?

By | October 9th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

As many of you know, Lady Buzzkill can’t stand me. Sometimes I can’t blame her, though. Imagine what it must be like watching a history-based movie or TV series with me. I go ballistic at [...]

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August 2019

Albert Einstein: “A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 27th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Ah yes, Albert Einstein. Perhaps number 3 or number 4 on the all time mis-quoted list. No, he didn’t say that thing about the disappearance of bees, and the disappearance of bee pollination being [...]

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Muhammad Ali: “No Viet Cong Ever Called Me Nigger.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 20th, 2019|Quote or No Quote|

Buzzkillers by the score have asked us here at the Institute for shows on the Vietnam War. The Ken Burns film on PBS, The Vietnam War, the 18-part, 10-hour interview-thon, is [...]

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July 2019

Quote or No Quote? Harry Truman “Socialism” is a Republican “Scare Word”

By | July 27th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Politics in the United States is rife with rhetorical excess these days, and Americans are being treated to falsehoods, wild exaggerations, and anachronisms galore. Just recently, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham accused four young Democratic Congresswomen [...]

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December 2018

Dorothy Parker “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come and sit here by me.” Quote or No Quote?

By | December 18th, 2018|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, come and sit here by me,” is one of the best snarky-isms ever uttered. But who said it? Dorothy Parker? Joan Crawford? Lady Buzzkill? Hear the [...]

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September 2018

Gandhi: “An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind” – Quote or No Quote?

By | September 25th, 2018|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Did Gandhi say “and eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”? If he didn’t, where did it come from? The Bible? The Canadian House of Commons? Movie script writers? And is there [...]

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August 2018

“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Quote or No Quote?

By | August 7th, 2018|Quote or No Quote|

Are we cursed to be living in interesting times? Would a boring era be easier on the Buzzkill blood pressure? And is “may you live in interesting times” actually an old Chinese curse, or [...]

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May 2018

Otto von Bismark, “Laws are like sausages. It’s is best not to see them being made.” Quote or No Quote?

By | May 1st, 2018|Quote or No Quote|

Politics is a messy business, even in the best of times, and especially in the worst of times. Many people console themselves with this reality by quoting Otto von Bismarck, the 19th century Prussian [...]

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March 2018

Churchill, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.” Quote or No Quote?

By | March 13th, 2018|Quote or No Quote|

With the popular film, The Darkest Hour, getting even more attention now because Gary Oldman won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill, I have even more reason than usual [...]

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October 2017

General Curtis LeMay, “Bomb the North Vietnamese Back to the Stone Age” Quote or No Quote?

By | October 3rd, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

  Many of you Buzzkillers have asked us to do shows about the Vietnam War, especially with the Ken Burns multi-part documentary that's finishing its run on PBS. And the quote [...]

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