Books: Antidote to Factoids

THE DICTIONARY OF MISINFORMATION by TOM BURNAM 302 pages. Thomas Y. Crowell. $9.95.

Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake."

Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Lizzie Borden was acquitted.

Delilah did not cut Samson's hair.

The Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves.

Prohibition never forbade the drinking of liquor.

Statements like these are usually made by the windbag at the end of the bar, the one who ends by losing the bets and buying the drinks. But in each of the above cases the loudmouth would be on the receiving end of the drinks.

The Emancipation Proclamation, for example, applied only to the...

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