The internet went crazy yesterday posting this image of Robert De Niro’s taxi license. The only problem being that De Niro was never a taxicab driver — at least not by choice. All of those posts saying that De Niro rose from the humblest of beginnings as a cab driver in NYC to being one of the most recognizable actors in the industry are simply untrue. Robert De Niro simply held a temporary hack license in NYC because he was preparing for his role in the movie Taxi Driver.

If the first person who started this lie did any bit of research instead of going by a single unattributed image on FFFFound, he/she may have realized that the image above is actually part of the Harry Ransom Center archives at the University of Texas at Austin (where you can see even more movie artifacts featuring Robert De Niro. There internet, I corrected you.