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My favorite version comes from Douglas Adams, though he probably didn't coin the original:

> Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. The Hingefreel people of Arkintoofle Minor did try to build spaceships that were powered by bad news but they didn't work particularly well and were so extremely unwelcome whenever they arrived anywhere that there wasn't really any point in being there.

Churchill is reported to have said, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."


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