Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
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Claim: The Make-A-Wish Foundation is being driven into bankruptcy by a child who wished for unlimited wishes.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, January 2008]
Origins: For as long as people have indulged their fantasies by imagining what they'd ask for if they were granted three wishes, smart alecks have suggested circumventing the rules by wishing for more wishes. The "wish for more wishes" motif is now such a common one that in the 1992 Disney animated film version of Aladdin, the wish-granting Genie whom the title character encounters specifically includes it among the list of requests he cannot grant:
Rule number one: I can't kill anybody, so don't ask. Rule number two: I can't make anybody fall in love. Rule number three: I can't bring people back from the dead. Finally, no wishing for more wishes!This
It's all just a bit of whimsical fun, of course, but many readers have inquired of us whether the clip is real. Apparently the video is such a well-produced imitation of morning television programming that some viewers either didn't realize it originated with
Last updated: 31 January 2008
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