It Was the Book That ‘Total Recall’ Was Based On

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

After seeing this stupid quote attributed to Albert Einstein yet again, I decided to try to set the matter straight on Twitter.

me: note: Albert Einstein did not say that stupid “definition of insanity” quote. So quit claiming he did.

me: (It was actually said by Kurt Vonnegut in his famous “wear sunscreen” graduation speech)

Sure enough, a few minutes later:

guy1: @daveexmachina your irony of the day: Vonnegut never gave that speech, neither http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wear_Sunscreen

guy2: except that wasn’t actually Vonnegut :p @daveexmachina It was actually said by Kurt Vonnegut in his famous “wear sunscreen” grad speech

Well, that won’t do. So I clarified and corrected:

me: Folks, I *know* Vonnegut didn’t do that sunscreen speech. That would be where the joke IS.

me: The “definition of insanity” quote is ACTUALLY from Robert Heinlein’s book, ‘Foundation’.

And people tell me they don’t see the point in Twitter!

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