So have you seen the commercial for this new Dyson vacuum cleaner--the first vacuum that doesn't lose suction? For months now, I've been thinking it was the "first vacuum that didn't USE suction" and was quite intrigued by this new vacuum for the 21st century. I wanted one and wanted to know how it worked. And then I saw one at the store the other day and realized my mistake. Not so impressive anymore. In fact, I don't even believe the claim.
Anyway, this reminded me of another commercial misunderstanding from my childhood. Somewhere in Southern California there was a Cal Worthington car dealership and Cal always had these commercials featuring him and some exotic animal in the car lot excitedly yapping about their great deals. The "theme song" behind all this contained the words, "pussy cow, pussy cow," or so I thought. I happen to know I wasn't the only one who heard it as such. Of course this always baffled me. Even if the animal at Cal's side had been a cow, it would still have been strange, but it was all the more baffling that the animal was always an elephant, or a monkey, or a lion, or some other zoo escapee that didn't belong on a car lot. This made no sense whatsoever. I learned years later that the song was actually, "go see cal, go see cal." That makes so much more sense--though not as funny.
Anybody out there have similar stories to share?