France Is Bacon

France Is Bacon

Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 11:04AM EDT by Don.

Added Oct 04, 2012 at 04:07PM EDT by Fun Police.

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“France Is Bacon” is an expression stemming from a misheard quote attributed to the 16th century English philosopher Francis Bacon.

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On October 28th, 2010, Redditor OrdinaryPanda submitted a post to the /r/AskReddit[1] subreddit, which asked what words or phrases other Redditors misunderstood as children. In the comments section of the post, Redditor Lord_Baron confessed to mishearing the quote “Knowledge is power – Francis Bacon” as Knowledge is power, France is bacon." Prior to being archived, the commented accumulated over 7,600 up votes.



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On December 6th, 2010, a Yahoo Answers question was submitted asking why people say “France is bacon.” On November 12th, 2012, a t-shirt with the misheard quote was placed for sale on the online retailer Zazzle[5] (shown below).



On October 24th, 2011, the Internet Humor blog Tastefully Offensive posted a screenshot of Lard_Baron’s comment. On March 16th, 2013, Imgur[3] user lucaniel reposted the screenshot, which garnered upwards of 119,000 views and 200 comments in the following seven months. On September 8th, the Global Times[2] published an article which recounted the Reddit comment.

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