Trivial Pursuit



“Let them eat cake,” said Marie Antoinette.

Except for one itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny, leetle detail.

Ms Antoinette never ever said it

Sad but true.

This is only one example of a popular misquote.

If you want the whole scoop about Marie you can get it by clicking this link: The Straight Dope.

The economy is getting worse. Food prices go up with every eye blink.

I need some thing to distract me for a brief while.

So just in case you get on Jeopardy and/or for your trivial amusement today, here are a few more popular misquotes to take your mind off your troubles even if only for a few minutes.

Six Popular Misquotes

Play it again, Sam.

Often attributed to Rick Blaine,  the character Humphrey Bogart played in the movie Casablanca. Several characters in the movie said the phrase, “Play it,” and  Blaine uttered,  “You played it for her. Now play it for me.”  But no one said the sentence above.

Elementary, my dear Watson.                                                                         

Sherlock Holmes never says that phrase in any of the published stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It does appear in some of the later movies.

You dirty rat.

James Cagney did not say that exact line in any of his movies. The closest quote is:  “Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat,”  in Blonde Crazy (1931) .

Beam me up Scotty.

Closest Captain Kirk gets to saying this is in any of the movies, “Beam us up, Mr. Scott.”

Go West, Young Man, Go West.

Often wrongly attributed to newspaper editor Horace Greeley, who only printed the quote  in his newspaper correctly attributed; the actual author is John Lane Soule.

Houston, we have a problem.


This sentence is not found in the actual recording and transcript of the conversation between the astronauts on Apollo 13 and Mission Control in Houston. “We’ve had a problem…” is what was recorded. The line above was used in the movie.


Gee. Now wasn’t this fun? Don’t you just feel like you go up against Alex Trebek and win?

I can use up a whole day looking up things like this. I have fun doing things like this. I know. I am weird.

But, but, but…..I mean you never know when you might need information like this. I once knew the correct answer to a Trivial Pursuit Game-Winning Question in Russian Literature. Money was involved. It was a good thing.

Sources used to confirm these mis-quotes: Fabulous Fallacies, Tad Tuleja author; Subordinate conjunction;  Well-Known Misquotations, and The Phrase Finder.

Featured Recipe        Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

Today’s recipe is a very, very, VERY simple one. There is nothing fancy about it at all. It is just your basic meat and potato recipe.

The ingredient that sets my version of this popular dish apart from others is the addition of the Sherry. The Sherry elevates this dish into something very special.

And you are worth it!
This is what you will need for 2 people*:

1 can cream of mushroom soup

3 generous tablespoons sour cream

2 tablespoons Sherry (optional)

2 potatoes

1 medium onion chopped

2-3 one-inch thick** pork chops

1 tablespoon cooking oil

Butter (about 1 tablespoon)

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 2 green onions

** You really need thick pork chops for this recipe.

 * If you are looking to feed 3 or 4 peopel, you could just add a third or fourth pork chop as there are enough potatoes in this recipe for 3 or 4 people.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Butter an ovenproof 9×13 glass baking dish.

Peel potatoes and cut into ¼inch slices. Chop the onion.

Combine soup, sour cream, and sherry. Mix well.

Place about half of the potato slices on the  bottom of the buttered dish. Sprinkle with half of the chopped onions. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour half the soup mixture over thefirst layer of potatoes and onions. Spread around a bit.

NOTE: No picture.  Some times I get so caught up in the cooking I forget to take pictures. My apologies. See next step.

Then place all the rest of the potatoes in a second layer of potatoes on top of the soup mixture and sprinkle on the rest of the onions.

NOTE: If you look carefully at the picture below, you can see some of the soup mixture on the first layer of potatoes and onions peeking through.


Heat the oil in a skillet until it is very hot but not smoking. Salt and pepper the pork chops and add them to the skillet.

Just brown them quickly on both sides, maybe a minute or two on each side. Do not cook the pork chops completely. If you do they will become dry, tough, and tasteless. The oven will finish cooking the chops.

Then place the chops on top of the potatoes. Cover with the remaining soup mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Remove from oven, tent with foil and let stand 5-10 minutes to let juices redistribute in the chops.

Serve with a vegetable side and/or a salad.


Bon appétit!!! 


1 can cream of mushroom soup        $1.49  

3 tablespoons sour cream                $0.83

2 tablespoons sherry                       $0.24

2 potatoes                                      $1.24

1 medium onion                              $0.05             

2 one-inch pork chops                      $2.67

1 tablespoon cooking oil                   $0.06

Butter (1 tablespoon)                       $0.10

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 2 green onions                $0.11

Total cost = $6.79
Cost per person = $3.40

Quote of the Day

Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself.

Rita Mae Brown


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