We’ve all heard them and we are all probably guilty at some point of perpetuating a story which we believe to be true. Urban legends are those stories that are handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation and passed off as fact. Regardless of their truth, these rumours, hoaxes, popular misconceptions, fallacies and myths just keep on persisting.
JFK: "I'm a Jelly Doughnut"
Legend has it that John F Kennedy stood beside the Berlin Wall in 1963 and declared to the German crowd, "Ich bin ein Berliner" and referred to himself not as a "citizen of Berlin" but as a "jelly doughnut". In fact Kennedy was speaking in a figurative sense as he wasn't literally from Berlin so his use of the indefinite article 'ein' (which normally would be omitted when speaking of your residence) was in fact correct. However the story has been perpetuated by German cartoonists, the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times and many more and so now legend it has that JFK was practically laughed off stage when he told everyone he was a jelly doughnut.
This image is from the very moment JFK declares, "Ich bin ein Berliner". A lot of people do seem to be laughing but the truth is everyone knew exactly what he was talking about.
Film: JFK's "I'm a Jelly Doughnut" speech