https://vinepair.com/articles/fake-drinking-quotes/“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” — Benjamin Franklin
Who wouldn’t want to believe that one of America’s most important founding fathers — especially one who was known for consuming his fair share of drinks — didn’t also spew wisdom about said drinks? In this case, he did not say this. Bacteria was first observed in 1676 by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, but he called it animalcules. The word “bacteria” become more well-known with Louis Pasteur’s germ theory in 1870, which is a full 80 years after Franklin died.
But it is such a nice quotation!