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The Quick 10: 10 Movie Misquotations

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"Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're gonna get."

We all know that quote "“ Forrest Gump, right? Wrong! Forrest never actually said that. He got close, and his mom got close, but that exact quote was never said.

There are so many famous misquotations, I'm making this a two-parter: misquotations from fictional characters and misquotations from real-life events. Today will be the fictional version, because I can't imagine you guys would be too happy with me if I told you that Forrest Gump quote was wrong and then didn't bother to tell you what it really is until tomorrow.

1. "LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GET."

There are two real sayings from the movie, but not quite that one. Here are the two:

"My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get," said by Forrest.

"Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get," said by Forrest's mom.

2. "ALAS, POOR YORICK! I KNEW HIM WELL."

According to Shakespeare's original work, Hamlet actually says, "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."

3. "HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED."

Supposedly said by Perez in William Congreave's play Mourning Bride, except not. He really said, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

4. "A MAN'S GOTTA DO WHAT A MAN'S GOTTA DO."

Yeah, it sounds like something John Wayne would say. But he didn't, at least not in those words. In Hondo, The Duke says, "A man oughta do what he thinks is best."

It's also often thought to be from the Alan Ladd movie Shane, but he didn't say it, either. There are two similar quotes from the movie, though:

"I couldn't do what I gotta do if I hadn't always knowed that I could trust ya"

"A man has to be what he is."

5. "PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM."

Probably one of the most famous movie quotes of all time never actually happened. Ingrid Bergman's actual quote is, "Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By." And later Humphrey Bogart says, "You played it for her, you can play it for me!"

6. "LUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER."

Another insanely famous quote that is wrong: "Luke, I am your father." Darth says it, sure, but not quite like that. He leaves off the "Luke" part and simply says, "No, I am your father."

7. "DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?"

Well, do ya? Probably not, if you thought that quote was accurate. Clint Eastwood really says, "You've got to ask yourself one question. "˜Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?"

8. "HELLO, CLARICE."

I've seen Silence of the Lambs probably 100 times, and I've definitely quoted that non-existant line. Dr. Lecter does greet Clarice, but the actual words are, "Good evening, Clarice."

9. "THROW ANOTHER SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE!"

Paul Hogan (AKA Crocodile Dundee) never said, "Throw another shrimp on the barbie!" He was doing American commercials for the Australian Tourist Commission and actually offered to grill for you, not demanding more shrimp for himself. The real quote? "I'll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you."

10. "BADGES? WE DON'T NEED NO STEENKING BADGES!"

The real quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is, "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" (or "badgers," if you're a Weird Al fan)

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The Concept of the American 'Backyard' is Newer Than You Think
A home in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
A home in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
Maynard L. Parker/Courtesy of The Huntington Library in San Marino, California

Backyards are as American as apple pie and baseball. If you live in a suburban or rural area, chances are good that you have a lawn, and maybe a pool, some patio furniture, and a grill to boot.

This wasn’t always the case, though. As Smithsonian Insider reports, it wasn’t until the 1950s that Americans began to consider the backyard an extension of the home, as well as a space for recreation and relaxation. After World War II, Americans started leaving the big cities and moving to suburban homes that came equipped with private backyards. Then, after the 40-hour work week was implemented and wages started to increase, families started spending more money on patios, pools, and well-kept lawns, which became a “symbol of prosperity” in the 1950s, according to a new Smithsonian Institution exhibit.

A man mows his lawn in the 1950s
In this photo from the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit, a man mows his lawn in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
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Entitled "Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Back Yard," the exhibition includes photographs, advertisements, and articles about backyards from the 1950s and 1960s. The traveling display is currently on view at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas, and from there it will head to Hartford, Connecticut, in December.

Prior to the 1950s, outdoor yards were primarily workspaces, MLive.com reports. Some families may have had a vegetable garden, but most yards were used to store tools, livestock, and other basic necessities.

The rise of the backyard was largely fueled by materials that were already on hand, but hadn’t been accessible to the average American during World War II. As Smithsonian Insider notes, companies that had manufactured aluminum and concrete for wartime efforts later switched to swimming pools, patio furniture, and even grilling utensils.

A family eats at a picnic table in the 1960s
A family in Mendham, New Jersey, in the 1960s
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At the same time, DIY projects started to come into fashion. According to an exhibit caption of a Popular Mechanics article from the 1950s, “‘Doing-it-yourself’ was advertised as an enjoyable and affordable way for families to individualize their suburban homes.” The magazine wrote at the time that “patios, eating areas, places for play and relaxation are transforming back yards throughout the nation.”

The American backyard continues to grow to this day. As Bloomberg notes, data shows that the average backyard grew three years in a row, from 2015 to 2017. The average home last year had 7048 square feet of outdoor space—plenty of room for a sizable Memorial Day cookout.

[h/t Smithsonian Insider]

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