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article image'Don't Tase Me, Bro' tops 2007 memorable quote list

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 19, 2007 in Entertainment
Yale's Book of Quotations calls the "Don't Tase Me, Bro," phrase as the top quote in its list for 2007. The quote from Andrew Meyer beat out Don Imus’ zingers and the Iranian President’s statements.
Ever since Andrew Meyer, an outspoken University of Florida student, used the quote “Don’t Tase Me Bro”, it has become a big hit all across school campuses in the U.S.
He said this phrase to avoid getting Tasered by the police after being thrown out of an auditorium where Sen. John Kerry was giving a speech on September 17, 2007.
His quote was one of the most popular phrases on Google and the video he recorded was one of the most viewed videos. The phrase also showed up on T-shirts and ringtones, as well.
Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations who compiled this top-10 list for the year 2007, said based on the popularity of the quote he chose Meyer’s over others, including Don Imus’ racial slur that cost his job. It even beat out the Iranian President’s quote, who said in a question-and-answer session that there are no homosexuals in his country.
Second on the list is Lauren Upton, the South Carolina contestant in the Miss Teen America contest in August. Upton gave the following answer, when she was asked why one-fifth of Americans are unable to locate the U.S. on a map.
"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us."
She later apologized and said she was nervous during the contest.
Third on the list is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In an interview with the Columbia University students and staff, he said the following memorable quote:
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."
Popular Radio jockey Don Imus became infamous suddenly with his outrageous quote about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team: "That's some nappy-headed ho's there,"
He is back again with another company, Citadel Broadcasting, and has started insulting others. Maybe he wants to be on this list again next year.
The fifth quote was Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ response to questioning at a congressional hearing about the firing of U.S. attorneys. "I don't recall."
He was voted lawyer of the year by the U.S. bar association recently.
Taking sixth was Sen. Joseph Biden’s quote about Rudy Giuliani. "There's only three things he (Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11."
If Giuliani applies for a 9/11 trademark rights, he will win the rights hands down.
At seven, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said: "I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody (Vice President Dick Cheney) who has a 9 per cent approval rating."
The eighth quote belonged to Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig who was arrested after soliciting an undercover policeman in a men’s room and said this quote: "(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom."
At nine, Biden describes his rival Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
Finally, at 10, Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper: "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history."
These quotes sums up the incidents of the year 2007. Did you hear any other memorable quote this year?
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