[Ads-l] Quote: I used to think I was the strangest person =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=A6_?=Not Frida Kahlo (Also website hack)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 1 21:50:47 UTC 2021

BuzzFeed News published an excellent piece about the quotation
misattributed to Frida Kahlo. The piece mentioned the Quote
Investigator website (and provided two links).


Source: BuzzFeed News
Article: This Quote Has Been Attributed To Frida Kahlo For Years, But
It's Actually From A Canadian Teenager
Author: Ade Onibada
Timestamp: November 30, 2021, at 4:42 p.m. ET


On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 7:55 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Nov 22, 2021 the official twitter account of The Museum of Modern
> Art (MoMA) in New York tweeted a quotation attributed to Frida Kahlo.
> https://twitter.com/MuseumModernArt/status/1462803457434439680
> [Begin excerpt]
> "I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I
> thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone
> just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do." —
> Frida Kahlo
> [End excerpt]
> On Nov 23, 2021 a tweet from @trophyhuman stated that the quotation
> was really from her friend Becky and not from Frida Kahlo. The tweet
> linked to my analysis of the topic which was originally posted in
> 2016. It is a fun story about a misattribution.
> https://twitter.com/trophyhuman/status/1463216585821368320
> [Begin excerpt]
> frida kahlo didn't say this, my friend becky wrote this on a picture
> of frida kahlo and sent it to postsecret in 2008 and it's been
> attributed to kahlo ever since!!!!
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/01/28/flawed/
> [End excerpt]
> The tweet from @trophyhuman currently has 16.3K likes and 1,999
> retweets. Traffic to the QI website today has increased by about
> 10,000 additional visitors.
> Meanwhile, my hosting service GoDaddy announced that it had suffered a
> massive hack that compromised more than one million websites including
> mine. The hack occurred months ago and was undetected until very
> recently.
> I noticed strange activity a few days ago before the GoDaddy
> announcement, and I initiated a security audit. The security service
> has stated that the QI website looks clean.
> If you see anything anomalous with the Quote Investigator website
> please let me know. Thanks.
> Garson

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