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This morning I read the phrase "a riddle wrapped in an enigma" for the zillionth time and decided to find out from whence it came. Because, you see, for a long time I thought that "a riddle wrapped in an enigma" was an inside-joke of sorts between my best friend Nancy and me in ninth grade. But I see it around all the time, so wherever it was that we had heard it, that's where everyone else had heard it too. And I wanted to remember what that was.

I googled, but it's tough, because EVERYONE uses this super-secret inside joke between me and my best-friend-from-ninth-grade Nancy these days. On the second page, however, someone said it was a Simpsons quote: Lisa says in regard to Nelson "He's not like anybody I've ever met. He's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest." Welp, mystery solved! Nancy and I sure did watch some Simpsons back in the day, I will tell you what.

However, I kept looking, and it turns out that it's orignally a Winston Churchill quote. Referring to Russia, he once said: "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key."

So, hey, exciting! Um, for me.

Trees are turning yellow! I love Autumn.

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qed
Sep. 29th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
I think I hear the funny variations on that phrase way more often then I hear the original.
king_kai
Sep. 30th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
"i'm like a earthquake, wrapped in a hurricane, nestled in a box of tsunamis, man."
littlewashu
Sep. 30th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
king_kai
Oct. 1st, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
ha! that is an awesome photoset.
queseracass
Sep. 29th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
i keep an etymology book on hand just for that reason. i'm always thinking, "where'd that come from?" it's an awesome book. good work on this one, sleuth! :)
ps - nice new LJ page, annnnd i was just thinking "kerry hasn't posted in ages!" where ya been? hey summer, where ya been?
rhino777
Sep. 29th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Trees just started turning yellow here too...woop woop!
mandy_moon
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! I first heard it in a 90s Oliver Stone movie, and thought everyone took it from the movie.

Dear god, thank you so much for relieving me of my ignorance.
fordmadoxfraud
Sep. 29th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Well whaddaya know, go Winston!
kita
Sep. 29th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
I remember it from Seinfeld.
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