U.S. Marine Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated servicemen in American history, was a staunch critic of U.S. military endeavors, including his his own participation, saying “In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
Former Navy Secretary John Lehman stated that the F-22 is “safe from Cyber attack” because “No one in China knows how to program the ’83 vintage IBM software that runs them.”
The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.
When US imposed sanctions against Russia’s space program the Russian Deputy Prime Minister tweeted “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the United States deliver their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline.”
When Alexander the Great asked the philosopher Diogenes why he was sifting through the garbage, Diogenes responded,”I am looking for the bones of your father but I cannot distinguish them from the bones of his slaves.”
A giant “Welcome to Cleveland” sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport has been causing “panic and outrage” to passengers arriving by air for over 37 years. The creator’s reasoning: “Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it.”
A bishop of the Church of England once won the World’s Biggest Liar competition by simply stating, “I have never told a lie in my life.”
When local pagans were angered by a giant figure of Homer Simpson that was painted next to the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset, UK as a publicity stunt for The Simpsons Movie, producer Al Jean remarked “this is the last religion we can possibly upset. Now we’ve got all of ’em”.
Ten days before Freddie Mercury died, Jim Beach, Queen’s manager, met with him to discuss what could be done with his legacy. Freddie said, “You can do whatever you like with my image, my music, remix it, re-release it, whatever… just never make me boring.”