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8th Apr '17 2:16:00 PM pvsage
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* The expression "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" was popularized by Creator/CarlSagan and is almost universally attributed to him, but various phrasings of this date back to David Hume, who wrote "A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence."
2nd Apr '17 8:46:27 AM TFSyndicate
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* ''Series/TheITCrowd'': This exchange
-->'''Roy:''' [[Film/TheGodfather Fredo]], in the film, he was essentially a pimp.
-->'''Moss:''' No. [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings He took the ring to Mordor!]]
19th Mar '17 2:24:39 PM Mineboot45
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* In early ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' there was a running gag about the narrator quoting things and then attributing it to the wrong source. They started out plausible enough if you didn't know your literature but quickly turned ridiculous, e.g., when 'Drop It Like It's Hot' was sourced to 'English romantic poet John Keats'.

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* In early ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' there was a running gag about the narrator quoting things and then attributing it to the wrong source. They started out plausible enough if you didn't know your literature but quickly turned ridiculous, e.g., when 'Drop "[[Music/SnoopDogg Drop It Like It's Hot' Hot]]" was sourced to 'English "English romantic poet John Keats'.Keats".
12th Mar '17 3:29:40 PM Xtifr
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* Some people think that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar never said ''"Tu quoque, fili?" ("You too, my son?")'' and claim that it was a line Creator/WilliamShakespeare thought up for his play about Caesar. Actually, "Tu quoque, fili?" is taken from chapter 82 of Suetonius' biography of Caesar as something some people reported Caesar said. Suetonius (died ca. 150 A.D.) notes that Caesar was said to have spoken the phrase in Greek ("''kai su, teknon?''"). (Shakespeare actually used the words "Et tu, Brute?" in his play, but he was not the first to use that particular wording either.)

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* Some people think that Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar never said ''"Tu quoque, fili?" ("You too, my son?")'' and claim that it was a line Creator/WilliamShakespeare thought up for his play about Caesar. Actually, "Tu quoque, fili?" is taken from chapter 82 of Suetonius' biography of Caesar as something some people reported Caesar said. Suetonius (died ca. 150 A.D.) notes that Caesar was said to have spoken the phrase in Greek ("''kai su, teknon?''"). (Shakespeare actually used the words "Et tu, Brute?" in his play, but he was not the first to use that particular wording either.)
18th Feb '17 7:23:29 PM Andyroid
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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} or TakingTheHeat. Wrongfully Attributed only occurs when a character, a group or the general public has a wrong perception about who did the actual deed. Compare with MistakenIdentity and RecognitionFailure.

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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} or TakingTheHeat. Wrongfully Attributed only occurs when a character, a group or the general public has a wrong perception about who did the actual deed. Compare with MistakenIdentity and RecognitionFailure.MistakenIdentity.
18th Feb '17 7:23:02 PM Andyroid
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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} or TakingTheHeat. Wrongfully Attributed only occurs when a character, a group or the general public has a wrong perception about who did the actual deed. Compare with MistakenIdentity.

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Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} or TakingTheHeat. Wrongfully Attributed only occurs when a character, a group or the general public has a wrong perception about who did the actual deed. Compare with MistakenIdentity.MistakenIdentity and RecognitionFailure.
11th Feb '17 12:39:37 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein" often has people who haven't read the work think that Frankenstein is the name of the monster, while it is actually the name of the man who created the monster. Of course, your mileage may vary on who is the real monster here - and the monster takes on the last name Frankenstein, too, as his creator is, in a way, his father.

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* Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein" Creator/MaryShelley's ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' often has people who haven't read the work think that Frankenstein "Frankenstein" is the name of the monster, while it is actually the name of the man who created the monster. Of course, your mileage may vary on who is the real monster here - and the monster takes on the last name Frankenstein, too, as his creator is, in a way, his father.
27th Sep '16 8:33:03 AM Veanne
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Also happens a lot in RealLife as a result of misconceptions or confusing associations. A deed is attributed to a more famous person associated with the concept instead of the actual creator. For instance, HenryFord is often called "the inventor of the car", which he wasn't; he merely industrialized automobile production on a mass scale. When you hear a classical music piece and have to guess the composer, it's easier to assume it's Mozart or Beethoven. Sometimes a person is wrongfully credited for a certain deed because his name, image or style is somewhat similar to another creator. You can hardly blame someone for confusing UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, for example.

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Also happens a lot in RealLife as a result of misconceptions or confusing associations. A deed is attributed to a more famous person associated with the concept instead of the actual creator. For instance, HenryFord Henry Ford is often called "the inventor of the car", which he wasn't; he merely industrialized automobile production on a mass scale. When you hear a classical music piece and have to guess the composer, it's easier to assume it's Mozart or Beethoven. Sometimes a person is wrongfully credited for a certain deed because his name, image or style is somewhat similar to another creator. You can hardly blame someone for confusing UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, for example.



** Former Polish president Lech Walesa claimed that Pope John Paul II did more than anybody else to end the Cold War.

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** Former Polish president Lech Walesa Wałęsa claimed that Pope John Paul II did more than anybody else to end the Cold War.War. Still better than nowadays, when he attributes every single possible merit to himself.



** Hitler was not a socialist, nor a communist. The full name of the Nazi party was indeed "national-socialist party", but their viewpoints were way different than those of actual socialists, whom Hitler imprisoned and exterminated by the score. Hitler's politics only benefitted white people of supposedly Aryan descent and excluded everyone else, even white Germans who just happened to have a handicap or some sort of "unpure" racial heritage in their roots, a far cry from the socialist party's egalitarian ideals. Painting Hitler as a communist is even further off the mark, considering he launched an open war of extermination to destroy the Soviet Union.
** He wasn't an atheist, nor a specifically religious man either. He just used religion to justify his own viewpoints and win people's trust, while actually surplanting their beliefs with his own personality cult. Some of the concentration camp prisoners were Christians who were too devout for Hitler's tastes; Christian youth groups, for example, where competition for the government-approved ones. Many of Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany were incarcerated, and several executed, thanks to their beliefs making them unwilling to swear loyalty to or take up arms for the Reich.

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** Hitler was not a socialist, nor a communist. The full name of the Nazi party was indeed "national-socialist party", but their viewpoints were way different than those of actual socialists, whom Hitler imprisoned and exterminated by the score. Hitler's politics only benefitted white people of supposedly Aryan descent and excluded everyone else, even white Germans who just happened to have a handicap or some sort of "unpure" racial heritage in their roots, a far cry from the socialist party's egalitarian ideals. Painting Hitler as a communist is even further off the mark, considering he launched an open war of extermination to destroy the Soviet Union.\n
** He wasn't an atheist, nor a specifically religious man either. He just used religion to justify his own viewpoints and win people's trust, while actually surplanting suplanting their beliefs with his own personality cult. Some of the concentration camp prisoners were Christians who were too devout for Hitler's tastes; Christian youth groups, for example, where competition for the government-approved ones. Many of Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany were incarcerated, and several executed, thanks to their beliefs making them unwilling to swear loyalty to or take up arms for the Reich.



* [[RedScare Communism]] has also been demonized in association with the atrocities committed by UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/MaoZedong and Pol Pot, while the general ideas written down by Creator/KarlMarx are in itself far more humanist than what Communist dictators made of them.
22nd Sep '16 9:59:29 PM nombretomado
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* Thanks to its humorous subject matter, the song "Stacy's Mom" by Music/FountainsOfWayne was misattributed to BowlingForSoup so often that it became a joke with the band, who recorded a cover version of it in response.

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* Thanks to its humorous subject matter, the song "Stacy's Mom" by Music/FountainsOfWayne was misattributed to BowlingForSoup Music/BowlingForSoup so often that it became a joke with the band, who recorded a cover version of it in response.
11th Aug '16 3:19:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' when the hotel bellhop escorts Kevin to his room and mentions [[UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover President Hoover]] stayed here before. Kevin mistakes him for the vacuum guy.

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* In ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' ''Film/HomeAlone2'' when the hotel bellhop escorts Kevin to his room and mentions [[UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover President Hoover]] stayed here before. Kevin mistakes him for the vacuum guy.
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