Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty!" Ilsa Laszlow never said, "Play it again, Sam," and Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson." But these misquotes remain firmly lodged in the public consciousness, even though they appear nowhere in the original works. The same is true for things "said" – that is, widely attributed to, but not actually said – by political figures. Sometimes a misquote is cooked up by opponents or parodists as a way of discrediting or mocking the figure. Sometimes a line is attributed to a widely admired person as a way of making it sound more authoritative, like when someone co-signs a loan. And sometimes it's just a mistake. Here are 10 of the most widely believed – but completely bogus – things ever "said" by political figures.
The Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki, went on a 22-5 scoring run with six minutes remaining to cap an epic comeback against the Miami Heat and win Game 2 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. The series now stands tied at one game apiece.
Spelling bee champion Sukanya Roy held on through repeated perfect rounds – where no spellers made any mistakes – to triumph at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
It's clear Anthony Weiner wants to be mayor of New York. Just as clear, say analysts, is that 'Weinergate' will arm his political rivals for years to come, and isn't likely to 'just go away.'
Prosecutors on Thursday interrogated former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for the first time during his retrial on federal charges of corruption. It was a combative hour.
The news this week of a hacker attack against hundreds of prominent users of Google Mail has served up a reminder: The security of digital information is often tenuous, despite many safeguards now in place. What can you do to protect against an invasion of personal information? Here are tips from Google and other privacy experts to make a data breach less likely:
Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominant centers in pro basketball history, announced his retirement Wednesday. Both on and off the court, he was an original not likely to be duplicated.
Amid the furor around an indecent photograph sent from Congressman Weiner's Twitter account, the question arises: What should you do once an account has been hacked?
Thirteen children advance to Thursday night’s championship finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, airing on ESPN.
In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks trounced the Miami Heat in six games (4-2) to take the championship series. Remember how Dirk Nowitzki won the MVP? Now’s the time to put your pro basketball IQ to the test. Try answering the following 10 questions about the history of the NBA Finals.
FBI will investigate Google charges that several hundred Gmail accounts were hacked by perpetrators in China. With the attack, hackers found 'a way around a roadblock,' one expert says.
The Louisiana law allows teaching contrary to evolution on the grounds it promotes critical thinking, a proposition ridiculed by scientists. Similar legislation is being debated in other states.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is heading up Capitol Hill to make his case to GOP House freshmen that not raising the debt ceiling could lead to serious economic problems.
A measure sponsored by Democrat Dennis Kucinich may give Republican lawmakers a way to express their growing dissatisfaction with Obama's military actions in Libya – but without criticizing the actions of US forces.
The USDA and Michelle Obama team up to launch a new nutritional diagram. Obama says 'My Plate' should help Americans visualize what they need to eat better than the food pyramid did.
Mitt Romney, who declared his candidacy June 2 in New Hampshire, has been groomed to run for president. He has the look and the political lineage. He’s been a governor, the quintessential training ground. And he’s essentially never stopped running since he conceded his first White House bid three years ago.
After his dramatic prom invitation got James Tate banned from the big dance, public outcry via social media persuaded the headmaster to reconsider her decision.
At least two tornadoes tore through communities in western and central Massachusetts Wednesday, killing four and injuring 200. They make 2011 the deadliest year for US tornadoes since 1950.
In 2008, Mitt Romney thought he could burst out of the starting blocks with wins in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But there's reason to believe he'll be more successful with this attempt.
East coast tornado: Residents of 18 communities in central and western Massachusetts woke to widespread damage Thursday, a day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence.