Catchphrases That Never Happened

Some of the most recognizable quotes you hear are not really quotes. Abraham Lincoln never said, "You  can't believe everything you read on the internet," and Gandalf never said, "May the Force be with you," despite the ubiquitous memes. Honestly, those are pretty easy to spot as fake. But some catchphrases you've heard all your life actually never occurred in the context you think they did.

For example, when you hear "Elementary, my dear Watson," you think of Sherlock Holmes explaining to his assistant how easily he used deductive reasoning to solve a crime. You may have used the phrase to make the same point. But in all the Arthur Conan Doyle stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, he never said those exact words in that order. He came close in the short story “The Crooked Man,” but the entire phrase was just the word "elementary." Read about that and four other catchphrases that we know so well that only became famous after they were misread, misheard, or misremembered at Cracked.

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