France Is Bacon

France Is Bacon

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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[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.

LardBaron - When I was young my father said to me: "Knowledge is Power.... Francis Bacon" I understood it as "Knowledge is power, France is Bacon" For more than a decade I wondered over the meaning of the second part and what was the surreal linkage between the two? If I said the quote to someone, "Knowledge is power, France is Bacon" they nodded knowingly. Or someone might say, "Knowledge is power" and I'd finish the quote "France is Bacon" and they wouldn't look at me like I'd said something very odd but thoughtfully agree. I did ask a teacher what did "Knowledge is power, France is bacon" meant and got a full 10 minute explanation of the Knowledge is power bit but nothing on "France is bacon". When I prompted further explanation by saying "France is Bacon?" in a questioning tone I just got a "yes". at 12 I didn't have the confidence to press it further. I just accepted it as something I'd never understand It wasn't until years later I saw it written down that the penny dropped


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).

baseball tee printed with the phrase Knowledge is power Francis Bacon

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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