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Sayings of Confusion

A book of quotations/sayings attributed to more logical or plausible personalities:
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The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. - Elvis Presley

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. – Hitler outside Moscow

I think, therefore I am. – HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer)

That which does not kill you makes you stronger. – Osama Bin Laden

There is no such thing as a free lunch. – Marie Antoinette

There is no justice among men. – OJ Simpson

If I have seen further it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants. – parrot of Long John Silver and Captain Hook

It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved before. – John Wayne Bobbit

FarmerJohn, Jul 03 2002

(?) HAL wordplay on IBM? http://www.urbanleg...ordplay_on_IBM.html
author of 2001, Arthur C Clarke, denies this [FarmerJohn, Jul 03 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(??) The wisdom of supermodels http://members.fortunecity.com/eilert2/
These are great as they stand! [madradish, Jul 04 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Sounds like something the Reader's Digest might come up with. But what an excellent Xmas gift to give to the pretentious and under-educated, as a heavily-veiled insult to their intelligence (if any). Hours of quiet malevolent sniggering as they actually regurgitate quotes from the book Gets my vote.
8th of 7, Jul 03 2002

       Factoid 1: The name of HAL, the computer in 2001 was derived not from "Heuristic Algorithmic Logarithmic" but by taking the letters preceding those of "IBM".
Factoid 2: Long John Silver's parrot was called Captain Flint.
Thank you.
angel, Jul 03 2002

       excellent idea! breafast snack for you.   

       however, I disagree with the quote you gave OJ, try this one instead....   

       "There's a sucker born every minute" -- OJ Simpson
runforrestrun, Jul 03 2002

       Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes. - Leon from Resident Evil
sild, Jul 03 2002

       " 'You're in a computer game, Max' Funny as hell, it was the worst thing I could possibly imagine" - Max Payne
NickTheGreat, Jul 03 2002

       "It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars." -- [Garrison Keillor] Harry Potter
fishx, Jul 03 2002

       "I did not have sex with that woman" --- Boy George [Bill Clinton]

       "Read my Lips...." --- Mick Jagger [the first George Bush]
runforrestrun, Jul 03 2002

       "One time, at band camp, I stuck a fl.." -- Monica Lewinsky
Mr Burns, Jul 03 2002

       "Things are never so bad they can't be made worse." --- George W. Bush [Humphrey Bogart]
calum, Jul 03 2002

       "It takes two people to tell the truth; one to say it and one to hear it." -- [Thoreau] Yasser Arafat
reensure, Jul 03 2002

       "Live and let live." - O. J. Simpson
phoenix, Jul 04 2002

       * "Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them." [H.L. Mencken] ----- Bill Clinton, yet again.   

       * "I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Dave." [HAL 9000] ----- Paul Schaeffer.
polartomato, Jul 04 2002

       "Que Sera Sera" ---Marty McFly
sappho, Jul 04 2002

       Factoid 3. Captain Hook never had a parrot.

Nice one sappho. Very subtle.
I'm surprised that nobody's had a go at Bill Gates yet. I thought that it was traditional with this sort of idea. How about...

"Would you really care if one of those dots suddenly stopped moving?" (Orson Welles)
DrBob, Jul 04 2002

       re angel's first factoid: to this day, Clarke denies that as a coincidence. And also to this day, nobody believes him.
waugsqueke, Jul 05 2002

       Arthur C Clarke factoid: As a child and young man, he was so mollycoddled that he had to be shown, in 1952 at age 35, how to get a glass of water from the tap (faucet).
angel, Jul 05 2002

       <pet peeve> You people are misusing the word "factoid" as though it means something like "insignificant or minor fact." A factoid is now and always has been a lie that is widely believed to be true because it was printed, as in a newspaper or periodical. So when you used the word "factoid", you were only correct when you identified the urban legend of the IBM-HAL connection as such. Thanks for listening. Sorry to disturb you. Carry on.</pet peeve>
globaltourniquet, Sep 07 2002

       globaltorniquet, 'factoid' originally referred to a small newspaper 'filler' of unknown veracity. I see it commonly used in two different ways, both as 'something that appears to be a fact, but mighn't be' and as a 'small isolated fact'. It isn't a word I would use myself, because it isn't sufficiently precise.
pfperry, Sep 08 2002

       gt, I have never heard of the word 'factoid' being used in that manner. I've always known it to mean 'a brief, somewhat interesting fact'.
waugsqueke, Sep 08 2002

       Technology: No Place for Wimps! -- Bill Gates [Scott Adams]   

       Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances. -- Cyrano de Bergerac [La Fontaine]   

       All art is quite useless. -- King of the Philistines [Oscar Wilde]   

       It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing. -- Ian Malcolm [Seneca]   

       Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. -- Morpheus of "The Matrix" [Jules de Gaultier]   

       Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. -- Big Brother, "1984" [Laurence J. Peter]   

       If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. -- Dirk Gently [Laurence J. Peter]   

       There is no great genius without some touch of madness. -- John Nash [Seneca]   

       Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source. -- Deep Throat [Ron Nesen]
Rhetoric, Sep 12 2002

       It was Bill Safire.
ty6, Sep 12 2002

       Hmm. No fishbones until ravens had voted. That means that the auto-boner hadn't struck until that point. Hmm - ravens, I think your secret may be uncovered.
PeterSilly, Sep 13 2002

       +1 is this a l...
po, Oct 24 2004

       I don't recall lists being a no-no in the old days.
FarmerJohn, Oct 24 2004

       That wouldn't matter, but it's also a real suggestion underneath the list and the gratuitious pun and penis joke.   

       I'm with ravenswood on this one; the reattribution of statements to more "logical" sources is already happening. You'd have to do something else to distinguish yourself from the merely accidental misattributions that abound.
jutta, Oct 24 2004

       "He who talk much knows little, and he who talks little, knows much." - ANY politician
lcllam2, Oct 25 2004

       I have always understood "factoid" to mean a statement which is fact-like, but unverified. That would be consistent with its morphology. A small but interesting fact would be a a "factlet".   

       "Never in the course of human history has so much been owed by so many to so few" - Ben S. Bernanke [Winston Churchill]
BunsenHoneydew, May 14 2010


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