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Steve Jobs, Curie, Hilfiger, Pedroche … false quotes that are put in the mouth of very famous people and are not true

At Maldita.es you ask us from time to time via WhatsApp (+34 644 22 93 19) for quotes that a known person or another has supposedly said. They move in chains and in montages that include a photo of that person and, although some are real, there are others that are made up. Therefore, it is important to know how to identify them and avoid spreading a phrase that that person has never said.

It is possible that at some point you have received an image of the scientist Marie Curie, to whom the following phrase is attributed: “I have never believed that because I am a woman I should have special treatment, if I believe it I would be acknowledging that I am inferior to men, and I am not inferior to any of them. ” If so, do not share it, because there is no evidence that he said it: the Curie Museum, belonging to the Curie Institute in Paris, assures us that the quote does not appear in its archives and that it “does not agree with what is knows ”of the scientist.

There is also no evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said shortly before his death that he had realized that “all the recognition and wealth” that he had “makes no sense in the face of imminent death”, as we already told you in Damn it.

Another classic of the quotes falsely attributed to celebrities is that of Tommy Hilfiger and the phrase “my clothes are for upper-class white people and not for Latinos.” It is a hoax that began to circulate through email in the 90s, when it was said that he had made those statements on the Oprah Winfrey program. The false phrase became so viral that even the presenter herself had to deny it on her website

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Hilfiger hoax
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This type of hoax has also circulated on several occasions in recent months, coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic. For example, it has become viral that the Nobel Prize winner in medicine, Tasuku Honjo, has assured that “the virus is completely artificial” since it has been created by humans. It is a hoax that was denied by Honjo himself through a statement published on the website of the University of Kyoto.

Sometimes what starts out as a joke ends up going viral as real. This is what happened with a satirical content that attributed the phrase “if we reach a thousand infected with coronavirus in Spain, I will show you a tit” to the presenter Cristina Pedroche. Although the website that published it specifies that it is satirical in its legal notice, captures of the headline began to circulate as if it were real. It is a hoax that we already alerted in Maldita.es and that was denied by Cristina Pedroche herself.

Before spreading a phrase that we see on networks or that comes to us through WhatsApp we have to verify that it is real. A good first step is to copy and paste it into Google or another search engine to check if it has been collected by any means or if it has been denied. In the event that it appears published on a website, check that it is not satirical and that it links to the original source.

Since many of these phrases are attributed to historical figures who died decades or even centuries ago, you can always contact a museum or association specialized in that person to confirm if it is real. If not, you can also send it to us through the WhatsApp of Maldita.es (+34 644 22 93 19).

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