Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Oprah Winfrey opines on men.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: We first encountered this purported collection of Oprah Winfrey quotes in a newsgroup post made in early October 2005, and it has since been circulated via
Regrettably, we're unable to verify any of the items in the compilation as being her words. While many of the pronouncements echo Oprah's oft expounded upon theme of taking control of one's life, we can't fit any of these statements to America's favorite talk-show hostess. Some of the tidbits do sound like they could have issued from her (e.g., "Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy" and "The only person you can control in a relationship is you"), but some don't (e.g., "Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later"), with the majority falling somewhere in between.
In attempting to get to the bottom of this mystery, we read through three life histories of
We e-mailed The Oprah Winfrey Show to ask about the list. While we did immediately receive a standard auto-reply thanking us for writing (which at least confirms our note went to the right place), we have heard nothing since.
It was suggested the various pronouncements were voiced during an airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the authors of 2004's best-selling self-help book He's Just Not That Into You, were Oprah's guests. Our study of that show's transcript failed to reveal any of the purported quotes issuing from any of the guests or
If this frustrating state of affairs continues for much longer, we'll have to start watching the show.
Barbara "phantom of the oprah" Mikkelson
Last updated: 27 November 2005
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