-> ''"I really didn't say everything I said."''
-->-- The subtitle of a book by '''Yogi Berra'''

Sometimes, [[WordOfGod creators say stuff]] about important gaps in canon.

Sometimes, creators say stuff about important gaps in the canon, but [[FlipFlopOfGod they change their mind afterwards]].

Sometimes, [[WordOfSaintPaul people close to the creator]] say stuff about important gaps in the canon.

Sometimes, fans [[{{Fanon}} make stuff up]] to fill in important gaps in canon, and the result can even end up being taken as [[WordOfDante the next best thing to canon]].

Sometimes, people just make stuff up, and falsely attribute it to the creators, or the original canon (sometimes unintentionally).

This is about that fifth one.

Differs from BeamMeUpScotty in that BeamMeUpScotty is about things not said or done by the ''characters''. This is about things not said or done by the ''creators''. Compare UrbanLegendOfZelda, which propagates itself by similar means.

This is occasionally what happens when the line between {{Fanon}} and {{Canon}} is blurred.

Note that while [[WordOfGod God's]] [[Literature/TheBible words]] can fall victim to this trope, it also applies to human authors who are gods of the worlds they create.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A mistranslation of a line in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Bye Bye Butterfree" led to the mistaken belief that it was canon that Butterfree die after they mate.
* This was pretty common during the airing of ''GundamSeedDestiny'' as an interview from Fukuda was altered, leaving many a fan to actually think that the director actually believed that [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Chairman]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Durandal]]]] was right for his actions in the last episodes.
** Another was ''GundamSeedDestiny'''s infamous Morosawa interview, which was also a fake. This was caught by a forum administrator when they looked for the original article. By that time, not many people were interested in SEED anymore.
* Happens quite a bit in ''RanmaOneHalf'', partially thanks to its age and its copious amount of {{Fanon}}. Three of the most common "falsely canonical" statements are:
** "The Jusenkyo Guide took Ranma and Genma to Joketsuzoku to investigate a cure": He didn't. No reason why he took them there is ever given, though the fact that the two are in China to train and the fact that the village is full of martial artists, plus the fact he ''is'' doing the tour-guide routine when they reach the place, may indicate he took them there per request after Jusenkyo turned out to be such a flop for training.
** "Happosai/Nabiki is a CompleteMonster": RumikoTakahashi has never said anything about their villain status; the most that happened was that she once reported in an interview that being a KarmaHoudini is what makes Nabiki funny and has called her nothing more than "a greedy girl with an impure heart". She also thrice drew non-canonical pieces of artwork showing Nabiki in a stereotypical "devil suit".
** "There is no cure for [[BalefulPolymorph Jusenkyo]]": Takahashi has, in fact, stated that the [[GenderBender water of Nanniichuan]] will undo a Jusenkyo curse for Ranma or any of the other cursed men, and showed a temporary version of Nanniichuan curing him and Genma for its duration. This likely came from the fact that nobody ever managed to get their hands on Nanniichuan water and use it (which can actually be explained quite easily as StatusQuoIsGod), and the fact a minor villain managed to use Jusenkyo to create a MixAndMatchCritters curse (though he was one to begin with).
* There's a rumor in the ''DigimonAdventure02'' fandom that not only did the couples of Ken/Miyako and Yamato/Sora end up married, but they originally slated Mimi/Koushiro and Takeru/Hikari for marriage as well. Since the ending was ambiguous many fans like to make that as an excuse to ship them stating that "technically, they got married". In fact the rumor was started by a fansite, and since every single AllThereInTheManual extra material has been leaked in every possible place and nobody can get a copy of the "interview" saying so, it's most likely false. (Especially since Mimi/Koushiro is particularly illogical given that the most screen time they had within four feet of each other was in only one minor episode.)
** Another bit of {{fanon}} is that Yamato and Sora were divorced. Many a fan were certain they'd heard it mentioned on the original episode, but the facts turned out to be false.
*** While there is no evidence that Yamato and Sora were ever married, the DistantFinale of ''Adventure 02'' claims that Ken and Miyako ''did'' wind up being married. Thus the idea that Ken/Miyako was never stated to happen ended up being false, instead of the idea of their eventual marriage being false.
*** In addition, it's sometimes said that the ShowWithinAShow in ''DigimonTamers'' was explicitly said to ''not'' be ''DigimonAdventure'' or [[DigimonAdventure02 its sequel]]...except the only thing Konaka actually said on the subject was that he wasn't going to tie the two continuities together or have characters from ''Adventure'' interact with the ''Tamers'' characters for the sake of fanservice. Further materials released after ''Tamers'' actually go as far to imply that it ''was'', after all, ''Adventure'' and ''Adventure 02''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' creator Creator/EiichiroOda is frequently claimed by fans to have said a great many things that he never actually said. Not helped by the fact that he really does give regular WordOfGod answers to fan questions, but not in a language that most English-speaking fans can read.
** Also not helped by the fact that some of his answers seem crazy even by ''One Piece'' standards. Some of them are clearly jokes (for example, claiming that Chopper eating four [[DeadlyUpgrade Rumble Balls]] within six hours results in ''Oda'' turning into an uncontrollable monster), but sometimes it's impossible to tell.
* Once, a {{Troll}} posted an interview on [[ImageBoards The Image Board That Shall Not Be Named]], supposedly by the director of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', in which he claimed that the series was made on a dare in order to prove that any poorly-written piece of trash would succeed as long as the cast was packed full of {{Bishonen}}. Obviously, this was fake, but it didn't stop the {{Hatedom}} from giving out triumphant cries of "IKnewIt!".
** In an interview with Animerica, director Masashi Ikeda said that he didn't write the relationship between Heero and Relena as romantic because he "can't write boy-girl relationships" and considered their symbolic relationship more important. [[YaoiFangirl Some yaoi fans]] gleefully seize on this as proof that Heero[=/=]Relena is non-{{Canon}} and never would be, which ignores what Ikeda said after that, which was (paraphrased) "I wouldn't rule out the possibility, though." They also ignore the fact that he said [[NoHuggingNoKissing he didn't intend ANY romance at all]].
** Similarly, one of the biggest points of contention in the infamous [[InternetBackdraft "Great Trowa Rape Debate"]] was in reference to supposed interviews where the producers had "confirmed" that Trowa Barton [[RapeAsBackstory was sexually abused during his days as a mercenary]]. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080411084158/http://www.txq.nu/tq/soapbox/essay04.html Obviously, these claims were fake.]]
* There's currently a faked ''{{Bokurano}}'' novel translation circulating the 'net, which was actually based off a wildly canon-divergent fanfic which includes, among other things, [[DecoyProtagonist Waku]] as the DeadManWriting who narrates the story. It took in a fair few tropers on this very site, so watch out for that.
* In the ''MacrossFrontier'' fandom, former {{BNF}} Shaloom made multiple fake interviews by a supposed writer of the series, Hiroshi Ohnogi (who ''did'' work in the Macross metaseries... but ''not in Frontier itself'', though there were some {{Shout out}}s to stuff he did for MacrossZero). They also referred frequently to series's creator Shoji Kawamori, but in a pretty... bad light. Everyone believed him until someone actually went searching for the interviews in question. [[http://www.macrossworld.com/mwf/index.php?showtopic=30224 Here is the Macross World FAQ on the whole deal.]]
* The ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fandom has numerous instances of this, often as a result of fans mistranslating/misinterpreting the source material and WordOfGod. The most infamous examples are Sweden's "grunting speech" (in canon he speaks with a TohokuRegionalAccent which was mistranslated and consequently {{Bowdlerized}} by fandom into grunting and mumbling), and America's IdiotHero behavior being a case of ObfuscatingStupidity (what WordOfGod ''actually'' said was that America ''could'' read the atmosphere if he cared, but he doesn't).
** There was also [[http://hetalia.livejournal.com/12369487.html the claim]] that the to-be-created fifth season of ''Hetalia'' would make certain pairings, like US/UK, canon. Nothing was said by WordOfGod on this, and it was apparently just started up by fans.
* Many fans of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' believe that the creator, Akira Toriyama, had once stated he planned to end the series at the Freeza arc, yet he has never once stated this. He has also never said anything about Broli, since as a movie character, Toriyama's only involvement was creating his base-form design. That hasn't stopped Broli fans from claiming Toriyama has said he was "the strongest" in one place or another, even fabricating "interviews" out of whole cloth to "prove" their point. Likewise, Toriyama has never gone on record stating a dislike of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and was actually rather positive about it while it was on the air in Japan. The only ''Dragon Ball'' property he has gone record stating his ''dislike'' for is ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', and he is hardly alone in that.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': WordOfGod stated that [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Megami_Magazine_2011-07#Mami.27s_Wish Mami Tomoe's wish]] was "to connect to life" - as in remain connected to her own life [[spoiler: because she was going to die]]. Editors on ''this very wiki'' seemed to think it actually meant "connecting ''other'' lives" and stated that Mami had lied about her wish in the anime.
** Some people are quick to say that Gen Urobuchi changed the ending to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]] to be more open-ended for the executives and that he hated it. Not true. He ''did'' say someone's gonna hate it, but that the people hating it would be the fanbase. As for the ending, it actually came up before Gen even wrote the script (He ''did'' considered an ending with more closure, but the problem was less meddling and more [[WritersBlock 'where do I go from there?']] and that the idea to change the ending actually came from a co-worker.
* According to several fans in the ''SoulEater'' fandom, it is official that [[AmbiguousGender Crona]] is male. This claim is based on the Funimation dub of the anime and YenPress translation of the manga, both which use male pronouns. So that should mean that Atsushi Ohkubo intended for Crona to be male in the first place, right? Wrong- official translators admitted that they only used male pronouns because [[ItIsDehumanizing they didn't want to insult Crona by using "it" or "they"]]. Ohkubo hasn't settled on a gender for Crona, and [[ShrugofGod probably never will.]]
* MasashiKishimoto is often mentioned as having said that Sasuke is his favorite character, particularly by people who think he's a CreatorsPet with [[SpotlightStealingSquad too much screentime]]. He actually said Sasuke is his favorite character to draw. On the [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping Side]], it's frequettly used as an argument that since Kishimoto was inspired by Dragonball, Naruto and Hinata will be the end game. The most Kishimoto has actually said on the matter was that he drew Naruto's outfit in tribute to Goku.
* Fans flew into a panic when a magazine article stated that ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' would end in December, a whole month earlier than usual.[[note]]Most ''PrettyCure'' series ends at the end of January/beginning of February, usually just ahead of that year's ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series[[/note]] The director of the series went onto his Twitter that very day and reassured fans that it was still committed to a full 49 episode series.
* Happens quite a bit in the mess that is the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fandom. "But Naoko said this!" and "Naoko said that!", it's rarely true. Series creator, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi rarely gives interviews or even makes public appearances, and fans ''very'' rarely interact with her. There are many fan misconceptions that range from her hating the 90s [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] adaptation to regretting creating the series at all. There's also the long standing rumor that she prevented the final season of the anime from making it over to the states out of fear of how they would [[{{Bowdlerize}} treat it]]. None of these are true, although supposedly she did have some issues with the original anime, there's no evidence that she outright hated it.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* As the ''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]]'' of video games, ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has a ton of cameos from real video game characters. A number of Creator/{{Nintendo}}-owned characters and references show up, but [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] himself didn't get a direct cameo. A rumor spread like wildfire that Mario didn't get in because Nintendo demanded too much money, and that the director said so. As it turns out, this is ''patently'' false. In a [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/video-interview-wreck-it-ralph-director-rich-moore-on-mario-more/ video interview]] (around 15:30) with [=FirstShowing.net=], director Rich Moore debunks the rumor, positing that it grew out of a joke John C. Reilly made at [=Comic-Con=] when he said "[[LesserStar Luigi]] wants more money than Mario."
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[[folder:Comics]]
* UltimateSpiderMan editor Axel Alonso fell victim to this when, addressing the controversy of the new lead Miles Morales, stated that maybe one day a gay character can even be introduced without it causing an uproar. This caused mass speculation that Miles Morales was going to be both mixed ''and'' gay, and that his best friend Ganke was going to be his love interest. This had to be debunked multiple times just because one quote got taken out of context.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* GeneRoddenberry has been cited as declaring one ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie or another as CanonDisContinuity. The closest he got was disapproval with most any movie that wasn't ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' and calling ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'''s canonicity "uncertain".
* GeorgeLucas has occasionally, and admittedly, changed his mind about some things about the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga (which, let's be fair, is a saga that has gone on for several ''decades''), but he has gained a largely unfair reputation of [[FlipFlopOfGod shifting his ground willy nilly]] about every topic under the sun which is based on a combination of misquotes, false rumors, and misunderstandings of things he actually did say. For example, it is commonly asserted that he made Greedo shoot first because it "matched his original intentions" and he didn't want Han to be a poor role model for kids, but the actual reason he changed the scene was because the MPAA threatened the film with a PG-13 rating if he didn't (when the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' debuted, the PG-13 rating was not in existence and PG films had more leeway). There is a well known photo of him in a "Han shot first" shirt to confirm his agreement with the fans, though if that was his intention, he shouldn't make the claim that the re-releases were his vision as originally intended.
** There have been claims that George Lucas [[FlipFlopOfGod is all over the place]] with regard to the canonicity of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse alternating between calling it canon and not. Actually, he's been pretty consistent in calling it a alternate universe.
** Lucas supposedly changes his position on how many movies there were originally supposed to be every other week. The official position is that, at his most ambitious, he wanted twelve, but, realizing it was unfeasable, decided on nine. At some point very early into the original trilogy he realized that he did not want to make nine movies, and incorporated the sequel trilogy into ''Return of the Jedi''. In interviews he refers to his planning process in all its stages, leading to the confusion.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* Reportedly Josef Stalin was once asked, at one of his conferences (Yalta or Potsdam) with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, how he knew that he would become ruler of the Soviet Union. Stalin says that God came to him in a vision and told him so (let's forget he was a staunch atheist for the purpose of the joke). FDR turns to Stalin, and says, "Now wait a minute Joe, [[AnswersToTheNameOfGod I never said any such thing]]!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Plenty in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fandom:
** There used to be a rumor about a gratuitous sex scene in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last book]]. Everyone heard that rumor (''from'' everyone else), and all the sources claimed to have heard it straight from [[Creator/JKRowling the author]]. A video on Website/TheOnion about Rowling including a date rape in an upcoming ''Potter'' book may have had something to do with the rumor.
** It was rumored that Rowling had confirmed ''Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch / Pillar of Storge / Fortress of Shadows'' as the title of books six/seven. She responded by suggesting ''Harry Potter and The Toenail of Icklibogg.''
-->'''J.K''': I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip.
** There was an article Harry/Hermione [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] would sometimes cite which claimed Rowling had said Harry would develop "more of an interest in pal Hermione" in book 5. Nobody was able to trace this to an actual interview, and it ended up being {{Jossed}}. [[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=21 More information here.]]
** Rowling never said that she may have subconsciously let the name "Harry Potter" from the ''Troll'' series seep into [[Literature/HarryPotter her story]], regardless of what {{Phelous}} or any number of other people may tell you. What she actually said is that she took the name "Potter" from a family she was friends with as a child, and "Harry" simply because she has always loved that name.
** There's a quote floating around on the Internet which confirms the {{fanon}} belief that Nagini is the snake Harry set free from the zoo, specifically "Yes, it’s rather funny, really, that next to no one realized the snake that Harry set free in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turned out to be Voldemort's final Horcrux, Nagini." It never happened. [[SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying There's also a scientific hole in the theory, incidentally.]] Harry set a boa constrictor loose, which in [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]], was a python. Neither one is venomous or has fangs. Nagini is and does.
** There are persistent rumors that Rowling said "In a fight between a wizard and a muggle with a shotgun, [[MugglesDoItBetter the muggle will win every time]]." This quote has never been traced, and whether muggles or wizards would win is a continuing debate.
** Rose/Scorpius [[{{Shipping}} Shippers]] will often claim that Rowling has confirmed that Rose and Scorpius eventually ended up together. She hasn't.
** A really old one that people love to misquote, but Rowling never actually said that people were delusional if they ship H/Hr, that was the owner of Muggle.net.
* Many ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fans have claimed that StephenieMeyer ruled out vampires being able to have children. Meyer herself claims she only said that ''female'' vampires couldn't have children but got misinterpreted.
** She ''did'', however, say that all fluids in a vampire's body turn to "venom," later redacting this to all fluids ''except semen''
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* Due to the complicated mess that resulted in the wake of Creator/LSpragueDeCamp's additions to the ''ConanTheBarbarian'' mythos, many things which were introduced with De Camp or others are mistakenly attributed to Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. Some of these include:
** The idea that Howard said Conan and the Hiberno-Norman warrior Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, who is stated to be 6'2" and 210lbs, were "physical doubles." This myth is even referenced on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_the_Barbarian#Appearance The Other Wiki]]. Not only is this very interesting factoid ''[[http://www.thecimmerian.com/?p=4445 completely absent]]'' from Howard's letters, notes and stories, but the very numbers are incorrect--Cormac is a fraction of an inch over 6 feet, and 200lbs.
** Howard's Hyborian Age is often placed in 10,000 BC, give or take a millennium or two, as established by L. Sprague De Camp in the later Conan novels and stories. In fact, Howard never dated the Hyborian Age at all, but he did date the Thurian Age (the time period of his other barbarian king Kull of Atlantis) as 100,000 BC. Calculating the centuries that pass in the "Hyborian Age" essay, one can place the age of Conan in any period from 90,000 BC to 10,000 BC.
* Though the ''DragonridersOfPern'' fandom mostly believes in the veracity of {{Anne McCaffrey}}'s infamous "Tent Peg" interview (in which she states that anal penetration will instantly turn a man gay, by way of explaining how riders of green and blue dragons can all be gay), there's no actual evidence that it's more than an internet legend. She did, however, espouse similar, if much ''much'' milder ideas in her [[http://www.dragonridersclub.com/drmain/ammsg.html "Renewable Air Force" essay]]--in which she says green dragons tend to pick males with more feminine personalities and blues tend to pick [[StraightGay Straight]] and {{Manly Gay}}s.
* Happens all too frequently in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fandom:
** Often people in the fandom claimed that author Victoria Holmes said that Brambleclaw would not succeed Firestar as [=ThunderClan=] leader. In reality, she said that the leader after Firestar "might be unexpected", and noted later that her editor made her change who the leader would be.
** She is also cited as saying that Ivypool and Bumblestripe would hook up, when she actually told a fan that they could support whatever shipping they wanted to.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There was a hoax in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fandom that there was a [[MissingEpisode series of shorts that only aired in Australia]], supposedly titled "Scorpion Rain", that better connected the events of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''.
** One of the people who worked on the "Scorpion Rain" hoax later went on to [[RunningTheAsylum become a writer for the show itself]]. He wrote the 10th anniversary episode "Forever Red", loosely hinting at events that took place in the "Scorpion Rain" hoax. In essence he made events analogous to Scorpion Rain canon within the show.
* The producers of ''{{Lost}}'' never said that the show would never have time travel. They once said that the then ongoing season two had no time travel -- and it ''didn't'' -- but never that there would ''never'' be time travel. Additionally, they never stated that there was one huge clue left in the pilot -- in fact, they explicitly said there ''wasn't'', and the last one to be made significant was the single white tennis shoe Jack found. Yet this is repeated to this day.
** In an example of "Word of Mistaken God," an excellent way to see if someone is making something up about a producer comment is to see if they attribute it to J.J. Abrams, who has had little involvement in the series since season 1, helping to set it up, write and direct the pilot, and contributing to only a very few episodes since (the last being in S3).
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[[folder:Newspapers]]
* ''L'Osservatore Romano''--a perpetual source. Just because the newspaper of the Papal States pans ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' does not mean that ''The Vatican'' condemns it. It's just a newspaper.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* This actually happens quite frequently in Literature/TheBible, as numerous (mis)translations over centuries and additional WordOfDante have turned accidents into traditions.
** For example, Moses is referred to as having rays of light, not horns, emanating from his face; the forbidden fruit is never identified as an apple; Joseph's coat may have been "richly ornamented" or "of many colors" depending on the translation; the sea creature which swallowed Jonah was never specified to be a whale or fish (such distinctions not having been established yet). Likewise, poems like Dante's ''Divine Comedy'' and Milton's ''Paradise Lost'' [[WordOfDante have influenced a great many Christians]] into believing things about Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and the battle between good and evil on which the Bible never actually elaborates.
** The sea creature that swallowed Jonah is expressly called a דג גדול - a big fish. However, as noted above, at the time whales were generally considered to be just a large kind of fish; the distinction between whales (which are mammals) and fish wouldn't be made for several centuries yet.
** The Ten Commandments themselves. Aside from slight differences in dividing up the commandments between the original Hebrew and subsequent Christian versions, there are a few cases where people have deliberately tried to mistranslate or misread earlier versions, such as with the Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill." The original word used in the Hebrew version, רצח (r-ṣ-ḥ), clearly means just ''murder'' of the premeditated kind, as in "lie in wait for innocent blood" and the like. (Elsewhere, the command is that murderers and other criminals are to be executed, and accidental killings are not to be punished.) Capital punishment and war are clearly not breaches of this Commandment
** And "taking God's name in vain" is a rather sparse translation. It more literally means something like "You are not to take God's name up for nothingness" i.e. don't go using it casually to back up worthless and dubious claims, or claiming God as an ally in some scheme you're trying to pull. (This means ''you'' especially, [[AcceptableTargets politicians]]!)
** Go look for the sentence "God helps those who help themselves" in the Bible. Nope, it's not there. Aesop originally coined the idea in a fable about Hercules, and the present wording comes from Ben Franklin, neither of whom were Christians (although Franklin was raised one and converted to Anglicanism on his death bed, he was a Deist when writing that). There's a [[http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.cfm list of such sayings wrongly attributed to the Bible]].
** The New Testament provides an example recounted within the Gospels; God gave a number of general rules, but by Jesus' time these had been analyzed and quantified into strict rules by the Pharisees. When the Pharisees tried to call Jesus on his "rule breaking", he often explained that they had over-analyzed the letter of the law and missed the spirit completely. For example, at one point Jesus is accused of violating the ban on working on the Sabbath by healing someone; Jesus explains that while the Sabbath is a day of rest, it is never against God's law to help another person or to show mercy to them.
*** Though, interestingly enough, it's possible that he wasn't actually "working on the Sabbath" at all. Based on the precise wording of the commandment, modern Judaism considers that "work" in the context of the Sabbath consists of several dozen types of actions that "[[ItMakesSenseInContext would be useful in building the Temple of God]]--healing, miraculous or otherwise, is ''not'' one of them (even if some actions that form part of a regular hospitals routine might be.)
** Despite the common interpretation, not once in the Bible does it mention that the angels sent down to Earth (e.g. [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]]) have wings. Indeed the descriptions of them are often vague at best, describing them only by what they wore or being surrounded by bright light. The ones that are described as having wings have multiple pairs and some have eyes on their wings too... others are far closer to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (One angel[[note]]Ezekiel 1:15-17[[/note]] is described as a 'wheel full of eyes') than {{Winged Humanoid}}s, the latter a creation of Medieval European art (RuleOfCool was around even then).
*** Also, there is ambiguity about the term 'angel' itself. Occasionally it is used almost interchangeably with God himself (perhaps similar to 'avatar').[[note]]The Hebrew word "mal'ach" and the Greek word "angelos" both mean "messenger".[[/note]] And the more... colorful descriptions tend to use other words, such as 'seraph'. Also these descriptions take place solely in heavenly visions and revelations, and whether they are to be taken literally is highly debatable.
*** 'Angel' has such a feminine connotation in modern English, despite the fact that the only times angels have a specified gender in the Bible, it is male, and the fact that angels are typically protrayed doing very... shall we say "masculine" things (leveling cities, destroying armies, etc.).
** Much of the conception of the Apocalypse is based on the commentaries contained in the ''Scofield Reference Bible''. So you get ideas such as the Jews returning to Israel and expelling all non-Jews as required for Jesus to come back. Much of it was reinterpreted by televangelists, and it all went well, until [[TheEighties America sided with Iraq (Babylon) against Iran (Persia)]] because AmericaWinsTheWar. TheGreatPoliticsMessUp should've discredited it altogether, but like all memes, it won't die.
*** Also found in the ''Scofield'' was James Ussher's chronology of the Universe, which dates Creation to the 22 of October 4004 BC. Which is still what Young Earth Creationists believe.
** A common mistranslation of Deuteronomy 23:17 forbids women from becoming prostitutes and men from becoming "sodomites." The verse actually forbids both Israelite men and women from becoming cult prostitutes; the same word is applied to both sexes (in feminine and masculine forms).
* One important blessing of the Jewish ''Shaharit'' (morning) Service thanks God for giving "(something) the ability to distinguish day from night." In one Reform prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the mind. In one Orthodox prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the heart. In reality, it is an ancient Hebrew word for ''rooster'', the alarm clock of the pre-Industrial era.
* Due to the meaning of the word evolving over time, it is likely that the prohibition against cooking a kid (young goat) in its mother's ''milk'' originally banned cooking the kid in its mother's ''fat''. That's right, to the ancient Israelites, there may not have been anything wrong with a cheeseburger. Unless it was fried.
** Poultry was declared meat in the rabbinical era, some time after the above line was interpreted to mean "don't mix dairy products and meat." Initially it was pareve (food that can be eaten with either milk or meat) like fish still is because birds don't nurse their young. The issue comes up frequently because kids, when learning the above line, start asking Kids Say the Darnedest Things-esque questions about how one milks a chicken.
* [[OrSoIHeard According to]] [[Literature/WhiteNight book 9]] of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', "Suffer not a witch to live" from Exodus is a mistranslation. The Hebrew word that gets translated as "witch" means something akin to sorceress. The use of the word "witch" and the accompanying implication that some such separate race of magical people exists, is an invention of the King James Version.
** There is actually some debate about the translation of that passage; another translation is "[[CriticalResearchFailure suffer not a]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure poisoner]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure to live]]".
* The continuous argument of the creation of earth and life by God being completed in 6 Days (popularized as 7 Days). For many, religious or not, this has been interpreted as meaning: 24 hours for each day in a humans grasp of time.
** The original Hebrew word ("yom") is almost an exact equivalent of English "day". That is, it ''can'' be used in a sense where it doesn't mean 24 hours (English example: "In Abraham Lincoln's day"). Even assuming a more literal interpretation of the word "day" as "solar cycle," [[FridgeLogic the fact that the sun wasn't created until the fourth day raises some questions]].
** Similarly, it's possible that [[MethuselahSyndrome the ridiculously high ages of some Old Testament characters]] were supposed to be in months rather than years but were mistranslated.
* The wise men in the New Testament are never given names, and there isn't even a mention of how many there are. All that's mentioned is what gifts they brought, but it could just as easily been five men carrying three gold things, two things of frankincense, and one thing of myrrh, as it could have been three wise men each carrying one gift.
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* During the Adventurers' Island StoryArc in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', [=PeabodySam=] was careful to never confirm OOC which temple was actually the Maelstrom Temple, deliberately invoking this trope to keep his fellow players from guessing his true intentions until TheReveal.
* Within ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' there have been many instances of claims being made regarding statements about the [=WAAPTverse=] that have turned out to have never been said.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' relies almost entirely on the LiteraryAgentHypothesis and {{Unreliable Narrator}}s for storytelling (the various mutually-contradictory routes in the games are ''all canon'' simultaneously and the {{Universe Compendium}}s are in-verse documents) and the ShrugOfGod is rampant, so when [[ReclusiveArtist ZUN]] does deem it necessary to deliver something definitive it is given enormous weight, and inevitably this trope tends to occur:
** Probably the most wide-spread and believed example is ZUN outright forbidding any AnimeOfTheGame from being made; what he actually said was if any anime was made (say, ''Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream'') that the creators make it obvious that it is a fan-made endeavor and is not at all official.
** Similarly, it is generally accepted that the reason ZUN won't give permission for an official ''Touhou'' anime is because he doesn't want AdaptationDisplacement to occur, which would almost certainly happen given that the actual games, despite the popularity of ''Touhou'' as a phenomenon, is still an obscure shmup series. ZUN hasn't yet explained this refusal.
** Many fans (including this wiki) think that ZUN confirmed the names of [[MemeticBystander Daiyousei and Koakuma]], two background characters for whom fans invented names and personalities. What he said was that "Daiyousei" and "Koakuma" are the names of specific types of youkai, of which those two are members, and said nothing about the names of the individuals.
* Misquoted and falsified information prior to a game's launch can easily persuade people. For example, a rumor was started in the months leading up to the launch of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' that it would only be five hours long. The game is actually said to be over ''[[http://www.destructoid.com/deus-ex-human-revolution-to-be-over-25-hours-long-191856.phtml twenty five]]'' hours long.
* Mario and Luigi being from Brooklyn is often attributed to Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, but it began in ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''. (Indeed, [[SuperMarioWorld2YoshisIsland the first Mario game]] with an actual ''plot'' depicted the Mario Bros. as being from the Mushroom Kingdom - and ''twins'', at that). Miyamoto ''also'' did not give them their last name of Mario (again, the cartoon did - the movies, commonly cited as the source for this, came later), and indeed has [[{{Jossed}} officially come out and said that it is not their name]], even though no other name makes sense (why else would they be the ''Mario'' Bros.?). Then again, Miyamoto ''also'' did not give them their ''first'' names, either - "Mario" was borrowed from Nintendo of America's then-landlord, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Segale Mario Segale]] (along with their Italian heritage), and "Luigi" apparently came from a (now-defunct) Seattle-area pizzeria called "Mario and Luigi's".
* Before ''HaloWars'', ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' fanon had claimed that the armor worn by Arbiters was the same exact suit that it had been through history, the successor receiving it after his predecessor had died. However, the Arbiter of ''Halo Wars'' ([[BloodKnight Ripa 'Moramee]]) was killed and pushed down a chasm before his body was destroyed in an EarthShatteringKaboom. Henceforth, that meant the armor had been destroyed with it. Fans were annoyed, but it was later pointed out that since the Arbiter is intended to be sent on suicide missions, there would have been many cases where the armor was destroyed and/or impossible to recover. Also, Ripa 'Moramee was also considerably larger than the average Sangheili (aka Elite). He would have had to have armor that fit his larger body better than smaller Arbiters like Thel 'Vadam of the original trilogy. Part of the original confusion also came from the fact that the Arbiter armor is less advanced than standard Sangheili armor. However, given that the Arbiter rank by the time of the Human-Covenant War is given only to disgraced but badass Elites for the expressed purpose of making them die on important suicide missions, the inferiority of Arbiter armor is likely there to remind the wearer of his disgrace.
* Fans have wondered why the Evokers of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' - devices used to summon one's Persona in this game, and purely for symbolic effect in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' - are shaped like guns, which one "shoots" into one's head. Based on a scene in the game's PlayableEpilogue "The Answer," an explanation began making the rounds among fans that they were designed that way in order to convince Akihiko to become her first official recruit into the fight against the Shadows, either by appealing to his self-destructive tendencies or just purely on the basis of RuleOfCool. This is false: as stated in an interview with Producer & Director Katsura Hashino in ''Persona 3 Official Design Works'', the Evokers were shaped like guns because [[WordOfGod the act of putting a gun to one's head and pulling the trigger creates a visceral response similar to playing Russian Roulette, testing the Persona user's resolve every single time they use the Evoker.]] The cutscene in The Answer states only that Mitsuru chose her approach to catch Akihiko's attention; this statement is not in any way related to the subject of the design of the Evokers, which had already been determined long beforehand.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', TroyBaker, the voice actor of [[AmbiguouslyGay Kanji Tatsumi]], revealed during a con that he was instructed by his voice acting director to act as if Kanji was actually gay. When he shared this info, he also offered his own interpretation that he felt Kanji was gay as well. This is often used as proof of Kanji's orientation despite the actual WordOfGod stating that Kanji's orientation is up to the interpretation of the player.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' canon has several examples:
** The [[Film/StreetFighter live-action film]] and [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter cartoon]], aside of [[CompositeCharacter combining Blanka and Charlie into Carlos "Charlie" Blanka]], assigned first and last names and titles to characters who didn't have them normally (i.e. Ryu '''Hoshi''', Chun-Li '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zang/Xiang]]''', '''William F.''' Guile, '''Dr.''' Dhalsim, '''Victor''' Sagat, etc.), which are sometimes misattributed to the characters in other canon. The same could be said of Chun-Li's father, whose name has never been revealed, but is given as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dorai/Dourai]] in ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'' (the same anime also gave Vega/Balrog/Claw a surname, '''Fabio la Cerda'''; Claw was not given a surname in the film and the US cartoon).
** Cammy is often claimed to have been Bison's lover before her LaserGuidedAmnesia. However, this was due to a false translation. In the original canon, she was his OppositeSexClone. Nowadays, fans like to run with [[ScrewYourself BOTH versions]].
** Akuma's ultimate attack, the Raging Demon (Shun Goku Satsu or "Instant Hell Murder" in original Japanese) is often touted as an attack in which Akuma grabs his opponent and sends them to {{Hell}} where demons do all sorts of unspeakable things to them while the screen briefly cuts to black and the sounds of dozens of heavy blows are heard. This is often claimed to have been stated in [[AllThereInTheManual a "Japanese sourcebook"]] or stated by "[[WordOfSaintPaul Capcom executives]]", but no copies of said book have been found and no one can pinpoint exactly where this information came from. It's just as likely that the attack involves Akuma attacking the enemy many, many times at SuperSpeed and the black-out is simply to let your imagination fill in the blanks.
* Thanks to the rather vehement BrokenBase surrounding ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', it has been persistently reported that Yoshio Sakamoto declared the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' games to be CanonDiscontinuity, a talking point that frequently factors into arguments that he is taking ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' down the wrong path. In reality, he has said that he considers them to be fully canonical side-stories; the closest any statement has come to declaring the ''Prime'' games non-canon is him admitting he didn't specifically factor them into the plot of ''Other M''.
* Creator/SatoruIwata went into this twice:
** When he said in early 2013 that reaching a certain operating income target for Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s profits in that fiscal year was a commitment of his, it somehow got broadly reported that he was promising to resign if the goal was not reached (which it wasn't). He had to directly refute the resignation rumor during a shareholder's meeting later that June.
** In early 2014 there was a lot of rumors that Nintendo would go under, cancel support for the Wii U home console and then go mobile. Iwata addressed all these points in a shareholder meeting at the end of February: specifically stating that they would NOT happen.
* Considering the headaches trying to figure out the timeline of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' games, it was almost inevitable that one timeline or another would emerge in popular consensus as "official" and "verified". It was rarely stated who did the supposed verification, and flew in the face of several creators (including Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto himself) [[{{Jossed}} explicitly saying]] there WAS no official timeline except for those cases where a game was an explicit sequel to another (i.e. ''The Adventure of Link'' to the original game, ''Majora's Mask'' taking place in the future of kid-link from ''Ocarina of Time''). At most, there was a "general chronology", flexible enough and with no dating system to allow them to put any new game they want anywhere in the timeline without screwing it up. Then, finally, in 2011, an ''actual'' official timeline came out that will settle all debates regarding the games released up to that point.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fandom seems quite prone to this, possibly especially because the show has been canceled for quite some time now (2001) and many of its fans were in primary school then and only teenagers now. Some things are attributed to JhonenVasquez that [[WordOfSaintPaul were actually said by Steve Ressel or Eric Truehart]], and then there's a lot of things that weren't said anywhere except perhaps in some particularly influential fanfic. Dib being an {{artificial|Human}} creation of Professor Membrane's is an example of the former, Zim being "16 in Irken years" is an example of the latter.
** Many fans also claim that Jhonen [[CreatorBacklash hated the show]] and that he "would never work in animation ever again." However, he makes himself makes appearances at conventions, and has even admitted on his blog that he enjoyed working on the show, and actually got a lot of leeway of content, (the only real ExecutiveMeddling was not allowing [[NeverSayDie deaths]] and planned future episodes of Zim travelling all over space.
* Two meta-examples in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** LaurenFaust never planned to have any major over-arcing plots for the show: the intention was always an episodic comedy/adventure.
** Apparently inverted/subverted (as in, "God Never Said She Didn't Say That") in regards to the notion that Faust hated the earlier ''MyLittlePony'' shows: [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ What she has certainly said]] is that she never liked cartoons based on girls' toys, but that she loved the original toys. Possibly people have got confused over the statement that "She hated/didn't hate G1," which could refer to either.
** Lauren Faust was particularly susceptible to this trope during her time with the show, it seems. Late during her tenure as the show's executive producer, when asked about the popular background character [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]], she said there was an unseen character in an upcoming episode by the name of Ditzy Doo, and the name might at some point be applied to the character. What fans failed to notice was that she was [[ShrugOfGod just speculating]] at this, and didn't actually have any plans to use that name for the character. Furthermore, the fans seemed to blind themselves to the fact that, while she speculated on that, in the very same post she said that if the fans liked Derpy, then the name would remain Derpy. This has caused a bit of a {{Broken Base}} about which name was "canon" or "better", that persists to this day.
*** This wasn't helped any when Amy Keating Rogers made a statement about the Season 2 episode ''The Last Roundup'', in which she claimed they originally were going to use the name Ditzy Doo for the character's comic bit near the beginning of the episode, before being asked to change it to Derpy. Of course, the reasoning for this is likely because the episode was being written right around the time Lauren had originally speculated on using that name for that character, before the production team really adopted the name of Derpy Hooves.
* Despite what an ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' behind-the-scenes video (that was quickly taken down) implied, Marceline and Bubblegum were never romantically involved in canon. Even the video in question only [[ShipTease raised it as a question]] rather than stating it as a fact.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' creator GregWeisman [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/archives.php?lid=617 interacts quite a bit]] with fans, and naturally gets misunderstood from time to time. One of the most persistent examples: he stated that there would be deaths in season one, and that not even the main characters were safe. This is often misquoted as him saying that a main character ''definitely would'' die in season one, with fans speculating who it would be.
** The show {{Bonkers}} (which Greg had a hand in) was thought to be a Roger Rabbit TV series, with Bonkers being an expy of Roger due to copyright issues. Greg has repeatedly pointed out that while Roger Rabbit was an inspiration, it was just that.
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* Greg Farshtey ''actively invokes'' this in the ''{{Bionicle}}'' fanbase, as he's been known to "confirm" or "reject" plausible theories in order to throw fans off the trail of his actual plans; and when called on it would point out the ExactWords in his original statements.
* Unfortunately true for the {{Nasuverse}}, due to the large amount of untranslated extra materials leading to certain fans making up plausible theories and passing them off as truths.
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* Happens quite often to the US Constitution, to the point that one of the major debates of American legal philosophy concentrates on what was or was not the "original intent" of the Founders who wrote it. The fact that the text itself is available to anyone doesn't stop blatant lies about the document entering the public discourse, with people often surprised when someone reads the actual text aloud. "Original intent" is a logical fallacy. The problem comes from a difference in opinion over whether one should interpret the document to the letter or based on context including other relevant documentation. The job of this interpretation is up to the Judicial Branch.
** TheOnion quite brilliantly satirized the phenomenon with [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-passionate-defender-of-what-he-imagines-c,2849/ "Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be"]]
** The constitution itself is notable for defending slavery[[note]]many of the Founders DID want to get rid of slavery, as they knew that it would eventually boil over into a civil war several generations down the line (and, indeed, it did, a good decade before the country's 100th birthday!), but pressuring from the Southern States' representation at the Constitutional Convention made them finally throw up their hands and just let it stay for another generation to handle down the line. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment It's funny how much politics then can resemble politics now]][[/note]], so the more, ahem, "creative" politicians saying that the Founding Fathers banned slavery is hilarious.
*** The Constitution did, however, show a clear intent to ban the slave trade in 1808. Article 1, Section 9: "The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person." i.e. the slave trade would not be banned until 1808, but it could be taxed before that. And the slave trade was indeed banned in 1808, on schedule. However, unlike in other slaveholding countries, banning the importation of slaves did not lead to slavery dying out as the slaves did; the slavers were able to make do with domestically born slaves. Related to this: it was the slaveowners who wanted slaves counted as full persons in the Census, and abolitionists who wanted them not counted at all (slavers wanted their slaves' extra voting power[[note]]not that the slaves themselves got to vote, you understand; it was just assumed they'd vote the way their masters did, since their masters obviously had their slaves' best interests at heart[[/note]] to inflate their representation in congress and the electoral college, while the abolitionists wanted to deny them that; the slave being worth three-fifth of a freeman was a compromise). Look it up.
** Another issue one must consider is that in the 1780's, most people thought American slavery was a dying institution as it was becoming somewhat impractical. All but the most strict abolitionists (and those were few at that time) were comfortable with the constitution's recognition of slavery as they assumed that slavery would automatically eliminate itself within the next few decades. [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp What these people didn't anticipate]] was Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin in 1793, which enabled the large-scale cultivation of cotton and the revitalization and expansion of slavery in the South during the first half of the 1800's.
** A major source of the problem is that people who claim to have a perfect understanding of "the Founders' original intent" tend to portray the Founders as a HiveMind, when in fact they were just as divided in their opinions as any other body of politicians. The Constitution was the result of 4 months of extensive debate and compromise until they came up with something everybody present was willing to sign their name to. Nobody got everything they wanted, and afterward there continued to be disagreement among the Founders as to what many sections actually meant. And the fact that both Congress and the Supreme Court were full of people involved in ''writing'' the Constitution didn't stop some early laws from being overturned as unconstitutional.
*** There was little to no disagreement over what the words meant. The disagreement was over which words to include. Once the articles had been adopted, their meaning was considered by most people to be fairly unambiguous.
** The Constitution also goes against the left as well, as it is not written in the Constitution itself that there is a "separation of church and state". Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter that the Establishment Clause is intended to "erect a wall of separation between church and state", which is where we get that particular phrasing.
*** Regardless of what the Founders themselves may have believed or not believed, they knew they'd have a hard time selling an official state religion to their constituency, many of whom were descended from people who emigrated from Britain to escape ''just exactly that'', where the Sovereign of the United Kingdom was also ''de jure'' Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and were not anxious to repeat it, thank you very much. And '''that's''' the group the Establishment Clause was intended to pacify.
* Law in general, especially older law codes that may not have changed despite years or centuries of interpretation, misinterpretation, reinterpretation, scholarly pontificating, simple copy errors...and that's just on the stuff that stays the same.
* Since EveryoneIsSatanInHell, CharlesDarwin gets this a lot. Oftentimes, things that Häckel or Huxley said are attributed to Darwin. Huxley being especially notable, having earned the name "Darwin's Bulldog" vociferously defending evolution, because Darwin was too shy and too afraid to defend his theory himself.
** The big one is that Darwin didn't use the word "evolution" (a misnomer that has caused problems) to refer to the process he explained, though "evolved" is the last word of his book. He called it "descent with modification".
** Social Darwinism even has his name tacked on it, even though he was dismayed by his theories being misused in social context, in extremely unscientific ways. Even today people from both sides talk about eugenics like Darwin had anything to do with the practice, which he in fact opposed.
*** When the idea of intentional "improvement" of humanity through selective breeding was first brought up (the term eugenics had yet to be coined), Darwin referred to it as "utopian" (as in impractical or unrealistic).
* If you read a quote on the Internet, particularly if you see said quote on Facebook, there's a very real probability that it will be attributed to the wrong person. There is a list of stupid quotes from a politician that has been attributed as though every one of those quotes came from, depending on the source, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John [=McCain=] or Barack Obama. It's literally the same list. Who knows if any of them ever actually said any of it. Even funnier is when you know the quote cannot possibly belong to the person it's attributed to, such as Marilyn Monroe supposedly stating that it's sweet when men ''save your texts'' so that he can read them later, or a political rant called "I'm 83 and Tired" that ostensibly was written by Bill Cosby when Cosby himself was only 75 (he's ''still'' not 83 as of today). As Weird Al says in "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me": "By the way, your quotes from George Carlin aren't really George Carlin."
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