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Is Gossman 2003, Lionel Gossman, Anecdote And History, History and Theory Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 143–168, May 2003 DOI: 10.1111/1468-2303.00237 ? Jens Østergaard Petersen (talk) 07:20, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
Anecdotes are always based on real life; an example is Wallace Stevens's "Anecdote of the Jar," discussed in Frank Lentricchia's essay, "In Place of an Afterword--Someone Reading," from Critical Terms for Literary Study (Chicago, 1995), p.429.
Lentricchia writes: "There's a little story once told by Wallace Stevens that I have to replot as I retell it. The story (Stevens's and mine) is actually an 'anecdote': from the Greek, anekdota, meaning unpublished items. More familiarly, in English, a small gossipy narrative generally of an amusing, biographical incident in the life of a famous person whose biography's broad outline has long been a matter of public record. And more: this biography is often--when the famous person is also exemplary--a concentrated representation of the idealized story that a culture would like to tell about itself. Like all anecdotes, then, the one I have in mind can't work as an anecdote unless it somehow tells a story beyond the one it tells." The forest's edge 21:02, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
Famous thermodynamics anecdotes
I'm sure there's a much better word for "stupid evidence," as well, I don't think stupid a neutral stance on the topic. "Subjective Evidence" or "Circumstantial Evidence" would be much better. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:03, 19 October 2011 (UTC)