“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.