August 24 — Anniversary of “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”
August 24, 1897 was the day the famous words “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it” appeared in the Harford Courant — in an editorial by Charles Dudley Warner.
But did the words originate with Warner? Or with Mark Twain? We are not sure. We see that Ralph Keyes, the author of The Quote Verifier, comes down on Twain’s side, saying that the wording of the editorial reveals that Warner got the quote from Twain: “A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.” Click here to read about this on Keyes’ website; there are other interesting things Keyes has produced on the website as well, such as The Art of Filing, a favorite article for us dull men. Keyes also has pictures from his Toaster Museum on his website.