Strange but true
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Strange but true (or strange, but true) is a phrase often used to refer to a tabloid newspaper column (such as the Weekly World News) that features unusual ("strange") stories. The circa 1937 True magazine had a "Strange But True" section on the back cover.
- Ross: "And—strange but true!—Duncan's horses, beautiful and swift, the best of their kind, broke down their stalls and ran wild They refused to obey, as if they were at war with mankind."
- 'Tis strange — but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction —Don Juan by Lord Byron (Canto 14), 1819
The 1859 Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque in a reprinted 1704 account by Edward F. Rimbault ("printed for R. Smith near Spittle-Fields Market") titled A most Strange but True Account of a very Large Sea-Monster.
- It is strange, but true as strange, that imitation generally interests us more than reality. —Richard Grant White, Life and Genius of Shakespeare, 1865