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16th Feb '17 2:54:35 PM GothicProphet
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* The source of many a Creator/LaurelAndHardy joke. In ''County Hospital'', for example, Ollie tells Stan to [[ItMakesSenseInContext cut off a trouser leg]]. Stan thinks he means ''Ollie's'' leg.


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* Newspaper headlines can fall victim to this. A case in point is "Two Cars Collide; One Sent to Hospital". It means one ''person'', but it sounds like it means one ''car''.
4th Feb '17 11:39:45 AM snichols1973
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** Bugs and Daffy have a DuckSeasonRabbitSeason argument in ''WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning'':
-->'''Daffy''': Say, what's the matter with you, anyway! Don't you even know a rabbit when you see one? Hmm?
-->'''Bugs''': It's true, doc, I'm a rabbit, all right. Would you like to shoot me now or wait till I get home?
-->'''Daffy''': Shoot him now! Shoot him!
-->'''Bugs'': You keep out of this! He doesn't have to shoot you now!
-->'''Daffy''': He does so have to shoot me now! I demand that you shoot me now! Nyah! [Elmer shoots Daffy]
-->'''Daffy''': Let's run through that again.
-->'''Bugs''': Okay. Would you like to shoot me now, or wait till you get home?
-->'''Daffy''' [in a calm voice]: Shoot him now, shoot him now.
-->'''Bugs''' [in a calm voice]: You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now.
-->'''Daffy''': Ha! That's it! Hold it right there! [[GrammarNazi Pronoun trouble. It's not "he doesn't have to shoot ''you'' now", it's "he doesn't have to shoot ''me'' now".]] Well, I say he does have to shoot me now! So shoot me now! [Elmer shoots Daffy once again].
-->'''Bugs''': Ye-es?
-->'''Daffy''': Oh, no you don't. Not again, sorry. This time we'll try it from the other end. Look, you're a hunter, right?
-->'''Elmer''': Wight.
-->'''Daffy''': And this is rabbit season, right?
-->'''Elmer''': Wight.
-->'''Bugs''': And if he was a rabbit, what would you do?
-->'''Daffy''': Yeah, you're so smart? If I was a rabbit, what would you do?
-->'''Elmer''': Well, I'd - [Elmer aims his gun at Daffy]
-->'''Daffy''' [worriedly]: [[OhCrap Not again.]] [Elmer blasts Daffy once more]
4th Feb '17 11:26:48 AM snichols1973
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27th Jan '17 1:03:12 PM Ccook1956
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* A 1950s ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon taking place in a gym had Olive (who ate his spinach and cleaned the floor with Bluto) holding Popeye up in the air and repeatedly kissing him:
-->'''Popeye:''' Don't! Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! (''rapid fire'')Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!
18th Jan '17 3:55:26 PM GothicProphet
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* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': Geppetto tells Pinocchio to say hello to Figaro. Pinocchio promptly says, "Hello to Figaro."


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* ''Film/SinginInTheRain'': When Don is mobbed by his fans, he shouts, "Cosmo, do something! Call me a cab!" [[DeadpanSnarker Cosmo]] replies, "Okay, you're a cab!"


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* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' has a ShoutOut to ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'' when Grandpa says, "I got up this morning and shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he ever got into my pyjamas I shall never know."
18th Jan '17 3:42:47 PM GothicProphet
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18th Jan '17 3:41:50 PM GothicProphet
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1849765/1/Evidence Evidence]]'', a ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''/''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' crossover, contains an example of this. Death says the kittens may get at the Silmarils, but it won't matter because they're unbreakable. Maedhros thinks he means the ''kittens'' are unbreakable, when he's referring to the ''Silmarils''.



-->(...) In the lefthand version of the third example, the reader's heart goes out to those 18 poor fellows frozen in a steel tank.

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-->(...) In the lefthand left-hand version of the third example, the reader's heart goes out to those 18 eighteen poor fellows frozen in a steel tank.




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* Another example of a sentence that changes meaning depending on punctuation: "The judge said the hairdresser was a drunken fool". Now, should that be, "The judge said, 'The hairdresser was a drunken fool.'", or "'The judge,' said the hairdresser, 'was a drunken fool.'"?
16th Jan '17 11:28:53 AM Evalana
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-->'''"Stehpano"''': Don't you miss the vivid imagination of childhood?

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-->'''"Stehpano"''': -->'''"Stephano"''': Don't you miss the vivid imagination of childhood?
16th Jan '17 11:27:11 AM Evalana
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* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017'':
-->'''"Stehpano"''': Don't you miss the vivid imagination of childhood?
-->'''Mr. Poe''': I never had one.
-->'''"Stephano"''': An imagination or a childhood?
8th Jan '17 6:38:12 PM Euan2000
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* The "Florida Man" meme comes from reading [[OnlyInFlorida bizarre headlines about various male residents of Florida]] as instead being about a super hero (or super villain) by the name of Florida Man.
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