Even though he was teenager during the Great Depression of the 1930s, John F. Kennedy said in an interview with TIME that he “didn’t really learn about the depression until [he] read about it at Harvard.”
In 1988, Texan judge Jack Hampton sentenced a man for 30 years for killing two gay men instead of life requested by the prosecutor. He justified it by stating “I put prostitutes and gays at about the same level … and I’d be hard put to give somebody life for killing a prostitute.”
Enzo Ferrari told a man “you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari Properly” the man was so pissed he vowed to create the perfect car, his name, Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Alfred Hitchcock was notoriously hard on actors. He was once quoted as saying, “Actors are cattle”—a quip that stirred up a huge outcry. In response, he issued this correction: “I have been misquoted. What I really said is, ‘Actors should be treated as cattle.’”
In the London riots of 2011, the looting and vandalism which took place throughout the city was almost totally avoided by bookshops. One man said his store would probably stay open during the unrest, stating: “If they steal some books, they might actually learn something.“
When asked what his IQ was, Stephen Hawking said “I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers”.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was recently asked to provide “any evidence to disprove the theory that [he] is in fact a David Icke style shapeshifting reptilian alien ushering humanity towards enslavement.” Key, in a congenial manner atypical of shapeshifting reptilian aliens, responded: “To the best of my knowledge, no. I’ve taken the unusual step of not only seeing a doctor but a vet, and both have confirmed I’m not a reptile … I’ve never been in a spaceship, never been in outer space, and my tongue’s not overly long either.“
When a journalist innocently asked Pope John XXIII, “Your Holiness, how many people work in the Vatican?” He replied, “About half of them.”
When Forrest Gump talks at the Vietnam rally in Washington and the sound cuts out he actually says “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.“
The inventor of the television would not let his own children watch TV. He once said to his son “There’s nothing on it worthwhile, and we’re not going to watch it in this household, and I don’t want it in your intellectual diet.”