James Watt’s infamous quip about “a woman, two Jews, and a cripple”

Nowadays, when politicians and high-profile government bureaucrats make obviously offensive remarks, they often seem do it on purpose, to generate press attention and appeal to hard-core voters on the far right or far left of the political spectrum. The more traditional style of offensive and stupid quotes by politicians and bureaucrats are the type that … Read more

“Don’t tase me, bro!”

The Internet created a new way for quotations to become famous, including many that would probably might not be well known otherwise. (It also created a new way for misquotes to spread, a major pet peeve of people like me who want to know whether a quotation is real or not.) Depending on how much … Read more

The (Pit) Bull Heard ‘Round the World…

Every four years, the American presidential election campaign generates a new batch of oft-cited political quotes. On September 3, 2008, former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin uttered a line that was soon both famous and infamous. That night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Palin gave a much-anticipated … Read more