Synopses & Reviews
Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."
-Brooke Shields, actress, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal government anti-smoking campaign
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." -Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, D.C.
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on."
-Samuel Goldwyn, movie producer
"It's no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another."
-President George W. Bush
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
-Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
"The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like
-Joe Theisman, former NFL football quarterback and sports analyst
"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
-former Vice-President Dan Quayle at a fund-raising event for the
United Negro College Fund (attempting to quote the Fund's slogan,
"A mind is a terrible thing to waste")
A collection of stupid utterances, mostly unintentional--although not always--from politics, show business, sports, and anywhere else people can put their feet in their mouths.
History does not reveal the identity of the very first person to have said something dumb. It might have been a caveman who approached a saber-toothed tiger with “nice kitty.” Or who confidently confided to a neighbor that the newfangled “wheel” gizmo would never replace good old-fashioned walking.
Well never know, but we can say with some assurance that based on recorded history, dumb remarks have been with us since the invention of writing. Young or old, rich or poor, famous or unknown, people of all generations and cultures have seized the opportunity to say something dumb - stupidity has always been an equal opportunity employer.
In celebration of such mental lapses and pure idiocy, here is a collection of stupid utterances, unintentional and otherwise, from the worlds of politics, radio, television, newspapers, show business, sports, and literature - and everywhere else people can - and have - put their feet in their mouths.
About the Author
Steven D. Price,
a consulting editor of The Lyons Press, is the author of more than twenty-three books, including 1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said
, The Quotable Horse Lover
, The Ultimate Fishing Guide
, and Old As the Hills: The Story of Bluegrass Music
. A resident of New York City, he is a keen observer of human and equine achievement and folly.