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“France Is Bacon” is an expression stemming from a misheard quote attributed to the 16th century English philosopher Francis Bacon.
On October 28th, 2010, Redditor OrdinaryPanda submitted a post to the /r/AskReddit 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.
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 (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 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 published an article which recounted the Reddit comment.
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