20 Stupid Misconceptions That People Still Believe
19. JFK said he was a donut
When talking to West Berlin during the Cold War, JFK announced with solidarity to the gathered crowds “Ich bin ein Berliner” — ”I am a Berliner”, a statement which was met with roaring and applause. However, in the wake of the speech an odd myth popped up: that they were laughing at JFK because he called himself a donut. See, there’s a German donut that’s known as a Berliner, and the argument is that his speech was grammatically wrong, and should have said Ich bin Berliner, and using ein made it sound like he was a donut. Which is completely off. Berliners don’t even call the donut that, they call them Pfannkuchen, and his grammar was fine. It’s just an attempt to pick apart an incredible speech.