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POLL: Favorite Historical Understatements


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tahoff Inactive Member writes:

Franz Ferdinand's is an understatement as well, considering he had just been fatally shot.


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VOTING RESULTS
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Admiral Beatty: There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.
158
9%
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Albert Sidney Johnson: They didn't trip me up that time!
3
0%
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand: It is nothing.
61
3%
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Caesar: Vini, vidi, vici.
41
2%
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Chesty Puller: All right: they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us and behind us. They can't get away this time!
82
5%
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Confederate officer at Shiloh: Fill your canteens. Some of you men will be in Hell before night, and you'll need the water.
30
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Crow Scout to Custer: There are more warriors in the village than there are bullets in the belts of the white soldiers.
64
4%
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Deputy from Unforgiven: I don't want to be kilt for the lack of shooting back!
11
1%
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Dianekes: Good, then we'll fight in the shade!
86
5%
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Dr. Strangelove: ...whole point of the doomsday machine is lost... if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, ay?!
46
3%
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Emperor Hirohito: The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage.
188
11%
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Ferdinand Foch: Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
83
5%
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G.B. Shaw: War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
52
3%
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Gen Sedgewick: Nonsense, they couldn't hit an elephant from this dist...
136
8%
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Gen. McAuliffe: Nuts!
90
5%
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George Armstrong Custer: I think we can take 'em.
37
2%
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Leonidas: Come and take them!
21
1%
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McClellan: Here is a paper with which if I cannot whip Bobbie Lee, I will be willing to go home.
35
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Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf: I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad.
80
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Neville Chamberlain: Peace in our time.
95
5%
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Oates: I'm going outside. I may be some time.
51
3%
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PRO document WO 291/780: The moral effect of being completely enveloped in burning petrol for 30 seconds should be considerable.
65
4%
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Sir Charles Napier: Peccavi.
22
1%
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Spiro Agnew: A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an impudent core of effete snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
15
1%
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Techniques of Antitank Warfare: The main disadvantage with this method is that it exposes the individual to fires from the tank.
51
3%
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Unnamed Federal officer: I can see Richmond from here, boys!
3
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Uxbridge: By God, sir, I've lost my leg.
110
6%
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Winston Churchill: Terminological inexactitude
28
2%
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other (explain)
10
1%
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no opinion
21
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP muses...

One of my favorites is Emperor Hirohito's "The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."

Churchill's "terminological inexactitude" is also pretty good. I was struck by Adrian Peterson's comments about slavery in the NFL, and this strikes me as almost 100% parallel.

I could make up some lame rules about these quotes being true and not made up, but I trust in the honor and rectitude of TMPers.

(Nominations taken from this pre-poll discussion.)