December 7, 2009

“Truth is stranger than fiction” – and reality TV…


FAMOUS QUOTE:

“‘Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.”

       British poet Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)
       In his epic poem Don Juan (1819-1824)
       Origin of the saying “Truth is stranger than fiction.”


TWAIN COUNTERQUOTE:

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.”
       American humorist Mark Twain
       From his Notebook (published posthumously in 1935)


REALITY TV QUOTE:

“Blagojevich Truth Is Stranger Than Blagojevich Fiction.”
       The Apoloblogology blog
       In a post about former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s request for court permission to appear on a reality TV show


REALITY TV COUNTERQUOTE:

“What I saw on Comcast Channel 11 in Portland Oregon. Why does one need ‘Reality TV’ when public broadcasting is stranger than fiction?” 
       Description of a video posted on YouTube.com by “sryokan” that shows funny excerpts from local public access TV shows


POLITICS AS USUAL QUOTE:

“In politics, truce is stranger than friction.”
       Evan Esar
       In his book 20,000 Quips & Quotes (1995)


“NEWS” AS USUAL QUOTE:

“Tonight…Are they really saving Michael Jackson’s brain? Did Jackson really try to rescue Lisa Ling’s sister from North Korea? The truth behind the Jackson stories that are stranger than fiction.”
       CNN “Showbiz Tonight” host A.J. Hammer
       In a “news” segment aired on CNN, July 10, 2009


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