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It's like Jean-Paul Sartre said: "I swear to God I'm going to pistol-whip the next guy who says 'Shenanigans'." Images which misattribute pop-culture quotes and song lyrics to famous historical figures. [via mefi projects]
posted by davidjmcgee (127 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
You'll want to have the mods fix the FPP link to this.
posted by hincandenza at 5:46 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Your html is borked. -- Bertrand Russell.
posted by tzikeh at 5:47 PM on August 19, 2012 [15 favorites]


"The Internet is the best way to cherry-pick inaccurate sources and misattributed quotations." - Ernest Hemingway, 1844.
posted by mhoye at 5:47 PM on August 19, 2012


"Oops." -Rick Perry

Wait, that one's real.
posted by davidjmcgee at 5:48 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Your html is borked. -- tzikeh
posted by Bertrand Russell at 5:47 PM on August 19 [+][!]



And honestly, if the functionality that prevents making comments that include <small> markup to look like the comment footer could be lifted for just one thread... this would be the one.
posted by hincandenza at 5:51 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


This meme is going to so fuck with our future etymologists and historians.
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:52 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Or as the great Churchill said, "To misattribute is human, to riff divine."
posted by The Whelk at 5:54 PM on August 19, 2012


"Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society." ~ Dave Wyndorf
posted by MikeMc at 5:56 PM on August 19, 2012


I believe it was James Agee who wrote "Check your links before you post, motherfucker."
posted by davidjmcgee at 5:56 PM on August 19, 2012


''If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.''

-Lord Alfred Douglas.
posted by The Whelk at 5:59 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Dat shit cray"- Sigismund Schlomo Freud (1856 – 1939)
posted by Ad hominem at 6:01 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Never, in the history of the world, have so many owed so much to so few."

-Jon Corzine
posted by vozworth at 6:03 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Louie Louie, oh no
Me gotta go
Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
Louie Louie, oh baby
Me gotta go"

--Marie Antoinette
posted by Jehan at 6:03 PM on August 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


These are, in the main, very well chosen.
posted by kenko at 6:10 PM on August 19, 2012


Haha, the newspaper I edit at college does this when we need to fill space. It's called the "(mis)quotation of the week". We try to make it as full of non-sequitors as possible. Fun!
posted by papayaninja at 6:12 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

-God
posted by vozworth at 6:13 PM on August 19, 2012 [15 favorites]


Oh no you di'int -- Gerard Manley Hopkins
posted by scratch at 6:13 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"I never seen a man eat so many chicken wings."

- Mary Shelly Frankenstein
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:13 PM on August 19, 2012 [9 favorites]


"Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my gun." - Honoré de Balzac
posted by The Whelk at 6:14 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane." -Amelia Earhart
posted by davidjmcgee at 6:15 PM on August 19, 2012 [26 favorites]


"I like big butts and I cannot lie"

--Peter Paul Rubens
posted by TedW at 6:19 PM on August 19, 2012 [5 favorites]



“There’s no place like home.” — Odysseus
“To Infinity and beyond!” — Rene Descartes
“I’m the king of the world.” — Alexander the Great
“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Paris of Troy
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” — Adam Smith
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:20 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. 'Mankind.' That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: 'We will not go quietly into the night!' We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

-- George Washington
posted by bbuda at 6:20 PM on August 19, 2012 [13 favorites]


"I don't roll on shabbos." Sandy Koufax
posted by drezdn at 6:20 PM on August 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


"'Cuz I'm Mike Lowrey."

-- Benjamin Franklin
posted by bbuda at 6:20 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's like I'm reading an Asprin book.
posted by kafziel at 6:21 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


This is basically how I always pictured Archimedes, honestly.
posted by griphus at 6:22 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Bring that beat back." Beethoven
posted by drezdn at 6:23 PM on August 19, 2012


"We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero." -- Lawrence of Arabia
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:25 PM on August 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


"Be excellent to each other." - mathowie

"Party on, Dudes!" -jessamyn

"Station." -pb
posted by mannequito at 6:27 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"The money was just resting in my account." -Bernie Madoff
posted by drezdn at 6:27 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Have you tried turning it off and on again?" -Charles Babbage
posted by drezdn at 6:29 PM on August 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


"Play it again, Sam" - Rick Blaine
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:32 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


In this vein is the Misattributions tumblr, focused more on current events.

The Mitt Romney one is killer.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:33 PM on August 19, 2012


" Fuck you. That's my name. You know why, mister? 'Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an eighty thousand dollar BMW. *That's* my name." ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
posted by MikeMc at 6:35 PM on August 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


"We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired." -- Eugene V. Debs
posted by tzikeh at 6:42 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"The answer my friend is blowing in the wind"

--Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort
posted by TedW at 6:44 PM on August 19, 2012


"Dust. Wind. Dude."--Socrates
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 6:51 PM on August 19, 2012


"7 minute abs."
-Paul Ryan
posted by vozworth at 6:54 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them. - Aristotle

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. - Alexander the Great

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. - Gilgamesh
posted by rainy at 7:15 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am gonna run out of favorites on this thread, I just
know it. - Emily Post
posted by dejah420 at 7:28 PM on August 19, 2012


"Well Farrakhan's a prophet and I think you ought to listen to
What he can say to you, what you ought to do" -Jesus
posted by drezdn at 7:29 PM on August 19, 2012


"Here's my number, Call me maybe."
-Anthony Weiner
posted by vozworth at 7:30 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!"-King George III
posted by drezdn at 7:37 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"...there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident." Calvin Coolidge.
posted by drezdn at 7:40 PM on August 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


"Please hope me." Custer
posted by drezdn at 7:42 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"I fought the law and the law won." ~Georges Danton
posted by MikeMc at 7:49 PM on August 19, 2012


"I love lamp!" - Geoffrey Chaucer
posted by elizardbits at 7:50 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"I did it like this
I did it like that
I did it with a whiffle ball bat." - Christopher Marlowe
posted by elizardbits at 7:51 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold..." -Phyllis Schafly
posted by drezdn at 7:52 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?
Who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong?
Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop?
Who put the dip in the dip da dip da dip?

-- Georg Cantor
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:53 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


You know who else liked to misquote people?




Ponce de Leon.
posted by davidjmcgee at 7:54 PM on August 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


"Bitch is bad
There is none badder
But she's got more crabs than a seafood platter." - William Kidd
posted by elizardbits at 7:54 PM on August 19, 2012


"Oh my god, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white!" - Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje
posted by elizardbits at 7:55 PM on August 19, 2012


"So we gonna smoke a ounce to this
G's up, hoes down, while you motherfuckers bounce to this." - Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette


send halp
posted by elizardbits at 7:57 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Well I'm peepin', and I'm creepin', and I'm creepin'
But I damn near got capped, 'cause my beeper kept beepin'" -Sarah Palin
posted by davidjmcgee at 7:58 PM on August 19, 2012


"I wasn't even supposed to be here today!" George W. Bush
posted by drezdn at 7:59 PM on August 19, 2012 [9 favorites]


"You're gonna need a bigger boat." ~ Ernest Hemingway
posted by MikeMc at 8:00 PM on August 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


Forty whacks with a wet noodle, Bart! -- J. Edgar Hoover
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:00 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Get in my belly!" -Rupert Murdoch
posted by davidjmcgee at 8:05 PM on August 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"What we have here is a failure to communicate." Helen Keller
posted by drezdn at 8:07 PM on August 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


"Gimme some water
Cause I shot a man
On the Mexican border
Cool, cool water
Gimme some water
I need a little water" ~ Jan Brewer
posted by MikeMc at 8:09 PM on August 19, 2012


"I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black." Cole Porter
posted by drezdn at 8:11 PM on August 19, 2012


"Try not to suck any dick on your way to the parking lot!" Arthur Miller
posted by drezdn at 8:14 PM on August 19, 2012


"Noinch, Noinch, Noinch, Schmokin Weed, Schmokin' Weed, Doin' Coke, Drinkin' Beers... " ~ George W. Bush That one's for drezdn...
posted by MikeMc at 8:20 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Them other boys don't know how to act
I think it's special what's behind your back
So turn around and I'll pick up the slack" Benjamin Franklin

"Take 'em to the Bridge." Thomas Jefferson
posted by drezdn at 8:22 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Game over, man! Game over!" George Patton
posted by drezdn at 8:26 PM on August 19, 2012


"Ass
Titties
Ass n titties
Ass ass titties titties ass n titties" - Eleanor Roosevelt
posted by elizardbits at 8:26 PM on August 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


"I don't want to be Mr. Pink." John Adams
posted by drezdn at 8:28 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I know you are, but what am I?"

-- Rene Descartes
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:34 PM on August 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Manfred von Richthofen
posted by drezdn at 8:37 PM on August 19, 2012


"If I can't practice, I can't practice. It is as simple as that. It ain't about that at all. It's easy to sum it up if you're just talking about practice. We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice."-Yo Yo Ma
posted by drezdn at 8:39 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"And this is Jackass."
- Thích Quảng Đức
posted by kafziel at 8:39 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Here's lookin' at you kid."

-- Kristen Stewart
posted by gsteff at 8:43 PM on August 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


"With my mind on my money and money on my mind." Marcel Proust
posted by drezdn at 9:00 PM on August 19, 2012


Fourscore and... seven minutes ago... we, your forefathers, were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill... and Ted. These two great gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it's true today. Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!

-- Abraham Lincoln
posted by bpm140 at 9:00 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Now my name is M.C.A. I've got a license to kill/ I think you know what time it is it's time to get ill/ Now what do we have here an outlaw and his beer/ I run this land, you understand I make myself clear." Marvelous Chester Arthur
posted by drezdn at 9:03 PM on August 19, 2012


"I love the smell of napalm in the morning." - Pyrrhus of Epirus

"E.T. phone home." - St. Augustine

"Rosebud." - Sardanapalus

"Bond. James Bond." - Albert Einstein

"You can't handle the truth!" - Martin Heidegger
posted by rainy at 9:03 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"You've got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run." -Satchel Paige
posted by drezdn at 9:06 PM on August 19, 2012


"Islands in the steam. That is what we are." -Ezra Pound
posted by drezdn at 9:07 PM on August 19, 2012


"It isn't the men in my life; it's the life in my men." -- Victor Frankenstein
posted by tzikeh at 9:11 PM on August 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


"Where we're going, we don't need roads." George Jones
posted by drezdn at 9:13 PM on August 19, 2012


"In God we trust, all others bring data." -- Moses
posted by amorphatist at 9:14 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Epicurus was a birther.
posted by homunculus at 9:46 PM on August 19, 2012


"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children."
-- Joe Paterno
posted by benzenedream at 11:02 PM on August 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed." - Hitler, after his creed ran out.
posted by vidur at 11:25 PM on August 19, 2012


I prefer troll quotes, which combine a quote, photo, and attribution from three different folks.

Classic example
posted by dhens at 11:38 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Where we're going, we don't need roads." George Jones

Sure that wasn't Jim Jones?
posted by mannequito at 11:57 PM on August 19, 2012


- "Never trust anything you read on the Internet"

Thomas Jefferson
posted by MuffinMan at 2:53 AM on August 20, 2012


"Luke, I am your father."


Nancy Reagan
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:02 AM on August 20, 2012


"I'm here to fix the cable."
- Meriweather Lewis
posted by nathancaswell at 5:05 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Like of a woman has sex on top, she can't get pregnant. It's just gravity." -- Todd Akin
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:20 AM on August 20, 2012


"Kickin’ in the front seat. Sittin’ in the back seat. Gotta make my mind up. Which seat can I take? It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend"-Shakespeare
posted by drezdn at 6:57 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Yippee Ki Yay, Mother Fucker." Mother Theresa
posted by drezdn at 7:01 AM on August 20, 2012


Hey all! Ms. Attribution here.

Thanks for the kind responses; truth be told, it's kind of terrifying to be on this side of the Blue, so I'm happy to see that such a simple (and addictive) project has amused.

For the record, I fully plan on stealing a bunch of the ideas listed here (with proper Ms Attribution, naturally, and assuming no one minds, that is.)
posted by quin at 7:11 AM on August 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Hah, now I want to make a "creator shows up in MeFi post highlighting their work" entry on MeTa, only with a SHOCKING TWIST below the fold.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:53 AM on August 20, 2012


"What do you mean I hurt your feelings? I didn't know you had any feelings." ~ Ted Hughes
posted by MikeMc at 9:01 AM on August 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Fucking with future etymologists and historians
posted by Billiken at 9:02 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Metafilter: Fucking with future etymologists and historians"
--Matt Haughey
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:26 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I don't want to work on Maggie's farm no more." - Moses
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:39 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or "ain't gonna" /sheepish
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:42 AM on August 20, 2012


"If you liked it, you shoulda put a ring on it." Wagner
posted by drezdn at 10:45 AM on August 20, 2012


"Badgers? We don't need no stinkin badgers!" Mr Toad
posted by biffa at 11:27 AM on August 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Snitches get stitches." Benedict Arnold
posted by drezdn at 12:18 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Wub Wub Wub Wub... There, we'll call it dubstep." Steve Allen
posted by drezdn at 12:31 PM on August 20, 2012


"KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!" -Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
posted by davidjmcgee at 12:40 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Trololololololololololo..." -Paul Robeson
posted by homunculus at 1:10 PM on August 20, 2012


What we have here is a failure to communicate - Ronald Reagan

We came, we saw, we kicked its ass - Caesar Augustus

I'm a fuckin' rock star from Mars - David Bowie

Pain is weakness leaving the body - Marquis de Sade
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 3:24 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


" [They] are who we thought they were! That's why we took the damn field. Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were! And we let 'em off the hook." Robert E. Lee
posted by drezdn at 3:38 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


YES!
posted by MikeMc at 4:26 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, well, like that's just your opinion, man - George Gallup

YOLO - The Dali Lama

You know where you are? You're down in the jungle baby, you're gonna dieee - Marlon Brando (as Walter Kurtz)

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers - Bill Gates

(This is way too much fun)
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 5:54 PM on August 20, 2012


"I kissed a girl." - Sappho
posted by Mental Wimp at 6:33 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"So tell me what you want, whatcha really really want."
-Martin Luther King
posted by vozworth at 7:03 PM on August 20, 2012


"And I'm talking to myself at night because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind behind a cigarette" - Sun Tzu
posted by elizardbits at 8:28 PM on August 20, 2012


"The police aren't here to create disorder. The police are here to preserve disorder." - J. Edgar Hoover

"I like big butts and I cannot lie." - Pope John Paul II
posted by SisterHavana at 11:43 PM on August 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Well I'm not uptight
Not unattracted
Turn me on tonight
Cause I'm radioactive"
-J. Robert Oppenheimer

"These pretzels are making me thirsty!" - George W. Bush
posted by SisterHavana at 11:55 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now if we start slipping in some accurately attributed quotes then we have it made!
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:15 AM on August 21, 2012



Pain is weakness leaving the body - Marquis de Sade


That pairs nicely with:
"Hit me baby one more time"
--Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
posted by TedW at 8:16 AM on August 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


"Unchain my heart!" - Prometheus
posted by Mental Wimp at 8:39 AM on August 21, 2012


"Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo, promise to love me forevermore
Waterloo, couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you"
-Napoleon Bonaparte
posted by SisterHavana at 9:40 AM on August 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Now if we start slipping in some accurately attributed quotes then we have it made!

Like this?

Elementary my dear Watson, elementary - P. G. Wodehouse

(It's from Psmith, Journalist. I swear I am not making this up)
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 10:41 AM on August 21, 2012


- robocop is bleeding's Mary Shelley
- TedW's Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
- It's Never Lurgi's Marquis de Sade (I'm actually surprised at how few good/ large images there are of de Sade.)
- drezdn's Benedict Arnold (I really like how this one came out.)
- and he already saw it, but MikeMC's Ernest Hemingway
posted by quin at 7:19 AM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one. --Oscar Wilde
posted by Night_owl at 3:59 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Come at me, Bro!" Aaron Burr
posted by drezdn at 5:56 PM on August 22, 2012


"DRINK! FECK! ARSE! GIRLS!" Ted Kennedy
posted by drezdn at 5:57 PM on August 22, 2012


"Can you make the logo bigger?" Frank Lloyd Wright
posted by drezdn at 8:15 PM on August 22, 2012


"Come at me, Bro!" Aaron Burr

"Don't taze me, Bro!" -Alexander Hamilton
posted by davidjmcgee at 7:30 AM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


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