“The problem with internet quotes is that you cant always depend on their accuracy” -Abraham Lincoln
The Internet is awash in fake quotes. Sometimes from people who just don’t bother to look up the right quote and author. Sometimes from people who deliberately want to fool you. Sometimes it’s just that something that sounds smart people assume was said by quote magnets like Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain. However, if something is worth passing on, it’s worth giving credit where credit is due.
Now some of the organizations devoted to preserving the memory of famous people are trying to fight back. I had posted previously about attempts to be clear about what Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain didn’t say:
In honor of Washington’s Birthday (also known as President’s or Presidents Day), here is the set of what George Washington didn’t say.
And since we’re honoring Washington, check out how to eat like George:
And a quote that I originally published as part of the Kirkwood Libraries blog:
Even more basic things can be taken the wrong way. This can get you into trouble. Under the heading A “Cat’s” Tale in the Prologue (National Archives magazine) article linked to below, it explains how many serious looking websites, publications and even USA Today quote an interview that stated it was former President Richard Nixon who renamed Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day. The original source? A humor column published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by Michael Storey which is openly attributed (complete with author photo) to the author’s cat.
Read more about it here:
Since I couldn’t find my cherry pie photo today, here is a pie bird photo in honor of cherry pie.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.