Created By: Karalora on February 6, 2013 Last Edited By: Karalora on November 5, 2013

Inattentive Item Swap

Due to inattention, a character (for instance) eats their clothes and wears their food.

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Do We Have This? This is a fairly common Comedy Trope wherein a character, due to distraction, exhaustion, or some other factor, loses track of what they're doing and switches the position/function of two items. Seen It a Million Times.

Examples:

Film:
  • The example that prompted me to make it comes from Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, wherein Ichabod Crane is so taken with Katrina Van Tassel's beauty that he puts a roast chicken on his head and takes a big bite out of his hat.

Jokes:
  • Q: How can you tell when your girlfriend is having a bad day? A: There's a tampon behind her ear and she can't find her pencil.

Newspaper Comics:
  • In FoxTrot, an undercaffeinated and therefore half-asleep Roger Fox once put soap flakes in the coffeemaker and coffee grounds in the dishwasher or something to that effect.

Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • February 6, 2013
    StarSword
    Suggest Inattentive Item Swap.

    Newspaper Comics:
    • In Fox Trot, an undercaffeinated and therefore half-asleep Roger Fox once put soap flakes in the coffeemaker and coffee grounds in the dishwasher or something to that effect.
  • February 6, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • February 6, 2013
    Karalora
    I like Inattentive Item Swap. Thanks, StarSword.
  • February 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Two one-liners from David Letterman during the 2012 election cycle:
      [New Jersey Governor and then-possible Presidential candidate Chris Christie] got confused [during a press event]. Kissed a blintz, ate a baby!
      From the Top Ten Signs [then Presidential candidate] Herman Cain is losing it: "Kissed a picture of himself and signed a baby"
    • The Carol Burnett Show: During the Audience Q&A portion of one episode a couple (man and woman) told Carol that they'd like to shake Tim Conway's hand and give him a kiss (respectively). Carol brought them up on stage and brought Tim out. Tim shook the woman's hand, but was stopped before he could kiss the man.
  • November 5, 2013
    SinusPi
    This is several months old, but it's been made into Unfortunate Item Swap now. For the record.
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