Published on: February 28, 2001

"I WAS ASKED to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our 52 states."

That's how curvy Raquel Welch, who was born in the Windy City, once explained a visit there.

Her knucklehead quote comes from the funny new book "Wrong Again!" by Jane O'Boyle, which is a collection of foolish statements from celebs who put their mouths in gear before engaging their brains.

Here are more:

  • "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
    -- football announcer and former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann.

  • "Nothing will ever separate us. We'll probably be married another 10 years."
    -- Elizabeth Taylor explaining her undying feelings for hubby Richard Burton. She filed for divorce five days later.

  • "It'll never amount to anything."
    -- Buddy Ebsen in 1942 speaking about a new-fangled medium called television. Of course, he went on to star in TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones."

  • "Oh dear, who was she?"
    -- Joan Crawford after someone told her in 1941 that the Japanese had just destroyed Pearl Harbor.

  • "The thing about these cars is that they're fail-safe. These cars are made like tanks. They have the best engine and the best transmission, they're totally safe."
    -- James Dean describing his 1955 Porsche Spyder. A few weeks later, he crashed it and was killed.