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November 30th, 2009

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03:12 pm - No cake?
Interesting article in The Times today on famous quotations which were made up or misattributed — including Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake" (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche).

I knew that Hermann Göring never actually said, "When I hear the word 'culture', I reach for my revolver." But most of the others are news to me.

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Date:November 30th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
As a kid, I never understood what was so bad about what Marie Antoinette was supposed to have said in the first place. The peasants are starving? Give them a lovely dessert. That should take their mind off their troubles. The only thing I could think of was that she'd omitted frosting, and that had riled up the proles.

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