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29th Apr '16 4:04:35 PM Kid
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** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', an oracle is asked to predict the outcome of the climactic battle , but doesn't know what answer to give Lord Hong. So he says with confidence that 'The enemy will be defeated' and then leaves before he is asked ''whose'' enemy.

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** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', an oracle is asked to predict the outcome of the climactic battle , battle, but doesn't know what answer to give Lord Hong. So he says with confidence that 'The enemy will be defeated' and then leaves before he is asked ''whose'' enemy.
29th Apr '16 9:06:26 AM thatother1dude
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-->'''Prince George''': Um, you eat your servants?
-->'''Sir Talbot''': No, sir; I eat ''off'' them. Why should I spend money on tables when I have men standing idle?

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-->'''Prince George''': Um, you eat your servants?
-->'''Sir
servants?\\
'''Sir
Talbot''': No, sir; I eat ''off'' ''[[HumanDoorStop off]]'' them. Why should I spend money on tables when I have men standing idle?
28th Apr '16 11:01:49 AM TVRulezAgain
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* ''LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'', supplementary material for ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', contains many ambiguous sentences. Most notably, a photograph of a baby labeled "Who took this?"[[note]]To clarify: the picture had been shot, and the baby in the picture had been kidnapped.[[/note]]

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* ''LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'', ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'', supplementary material for ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', contains many ambiguous sentences. Most notably, For instance, a photograph of a baby labeled "Who took this?"[[note]]To clarify: the this?"[[note]]The picture had been shot, and the baby in the picture had been kidnapped.[[/note]]
20th Apr '16 3:51:45 PM DaibhidC
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** ''Blackadder the Third'' also has an incredibly reactionary MP who declares that he "dined hugely off a servant":
-->'''Prince George''': Um, you eat your servants?
-->'''Sir Talbot''': No, sir; I eat ''off'' them. Why should I spend money on tables when I have men standing idle?
12th Apr '16 4:03:44 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar Retribution'' has the Big Bad Moon Shoota. The description says it best:
--> Big Bad Moon Shoota: Fer shooting da big bad moon. Wot? No? [[AbnormalAmmo So it shoots moonz outta it, badly?]] [[HumanCannonball Its shoots Bad Moonz dat're big?]] Zog it, nevahmind.
:: It's a [[{{BFG}} big shoota]] that belonged to an ork from the Bad Moonz clan.
11th Apr '16 1:56:18 PM GoldenKeyblade
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** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] ends with [[spoiler:the Doctor finally revealing the identity of the Hybrid, a being who has been discussed all season: "The Hybrid...is me!" It's left unclear (and never properly revealed) whether he was referring to himself ("The Hybrid is me") or to Ashildr, who had been calling herself simply "Me" for centuries ("The Hybrid is Me"); each of the two proposes the other is the Hybrid in the following episode, and ultimately the question is handwaved away (it turns out the Doctor never knew to begin with, and was lying to get the Time Lords to resurrect Clara).]]
11th Apr '16 5:31:31 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Series/Kaamelott}}'': One episode has Séli explain the problems with hosting meetings with clan chieftains, citing their appetites, the drunkeness, the nonexisstent manners...
-->'''Séli:''' And then they fight with the servants.\\
(''[[{{Beat}} blank stare from Arthur]]'')\\
'''Séli:''' They fight ''with'' the servants.\\
(''[[{{Beat}} blank stare]]'')\\
'''Séli:''' They ''grab'' the servants, [[GrievousHarmWithABody and they use them to--]]


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* An image making the rounds shows a Fox News headline reading "Cheeseburger Stabbing", with a confused commenter wondering whether:
** [[LostFoodGrievance Someone stabbed someone else over a cheeseburger]]
** [[EdibleBludgeon Someone stabbed someone else with a cheeseburger]]
** [[StabTheSalad Someone stabbed a cheeseburger]]
** [[TheDogBitesBack A cheeseburger stabbed someone]]
** [[AnthropomorphicFood A cheeseburger stabbed another cheeseburger]]
2nd Apr '16 8:13:35 AM escamilla
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* '"I see," said the blind man.' Is he saying he understands, or that he is possessed of the sense of sight? If the latter, then he is a liar. A variation on the joke that continues in the same vein goes '"I see," said the blind carpenter, as he picked up the hammer and saw.'
2nd Apr '16 8:10:03 AM escamilla
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* Since standard Japanese requires a particle after all nouns (which works like a preposition) including the subject and the object, and since all verbs (in all tenses) and all adjectives have part-of-speech-unique suffixes, there is very little room for syntax ambiguity. However, in real life, Japanese people tend to omit suffixes and often part of the sentence, so it can be played straight. Example: the actual Japanese sentence "Watashi dake mite" (literally "I/me just/only look"), does it mean "I'm just looking" (Watashi wa dake mite imasu) or "Just look at me" (Watashi wo dake mite)?
23rd Mar '16 7:09:51 AM Chariset
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* A classic Jewish joke goes this: Kohn walks over a cemetary and with horror sees the gravestone of his old buddy X (insert name here): "Here lies X, a loving father and a honest salesman." He cries out: "Oyvey, they put you in a mass grave!"

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* A classic Jewish joke goes this: Kohn walks over a cemetary cemetery and with horror sees the gravestone of his old buddy X (insert name here): "Here lies X, a loving father and a honest salesman." He cries out: "Oyvey, they put you in a mass grave!"


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* Comedian Rodney Carrington's song "Fred" has a plot where a man, his horse, and his love interest ("a woman in a nightgown") are all called Fred. This trope makes the chorus either completely innocent or unspeakably filthy.
-->Oh, oh, now Fred's a-ridin' Fred\\
Fred's ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred\\
Fred's ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred.
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