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smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 29th May '10 2:41 PM

DUMBEST THING YOU FINALLY REALIZED

One of mine was, after living in the NY metro area all my life, and being in media, it finally dawned on me that "Times Square" was named after the NY TImes building.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 29th May '10 3:53 PM

It was????!!!!
Ann (born in Brooklyn so what do I know)

patchee
Patchee  (Level: 158.4 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 29th May '10 4:06 PM

I can relate... Until a week ago i thought the TV show "30 Rock" was about some 30 somethings that rocked.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 29th May '10 4:43 PM

Until recently, I thought the "bell" in Taco Bell referred to a mission bell or something like that. Had no clue that the name of the guy who started the business was Glen Bell!

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 29th May '10 5:42 PM

This is sooo minor, unless you teach math or do a lot of it.

I've taught math for almost 40 years, and a couple of years ago, it suddenly dawned on me that when you're taking a percent of something, you can put the % sign on either number. Most of us know that 50% is one-half and 25% is one fourth, but if the problem says "18% of 50," we have to get out a pencil or calculator.

One day it hit me that "18% of 50" and "50% of 18" are the same thing. And half of 18 is 9, so 18% of 50 is 9. I felt so dense.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Sat, 29th May '10 8:52 PM

I thought my mother siffered from knee-graines until I saw the word written down.

jerrys
Jerrys  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 334)
Sat, 29th May '10 9:15 PM

My wife, who is job hunting, sent a cover letter to a head hunter, indicating she was searching for a position in "pubic relations".

mudcat
Mudcat  (Level: 4.2 - Posts: 13)
Sat, 29th May '10 9:20 PM

My son informed me that Cary Grant is not buried in Grant's Tomb.

Onward and Upward
DD

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 29th May '10 10:14 PM

Jerry, I actually sent out a press release years ago announcing I had formed a pubic relations firm with my woman partner. I thought we were going to receive wedding gifts.

Later we sent out a press release about a lighting of decorative lights on the Golden Gate Bridge saying they "eliminated all of San Francisco Bay" lol...

By the way...Herald Square is named after the old New York Herald, which was based there. It was only after I heard that that I figured out Times Square.




bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Sun, 30th May '10 5:09 AM

My parents always drank tea after supper. One night, when I was maybe 8 or 10 or so, my mother asked me to put up water for a fresh pot of tea. She still had some cold tea in the teapot, so I asked her why she just didn't reheat the tea in the pot. Her response was "Reheated tea - poison!".

It took me years till it dawned on me that what she meant was that reheated tea didn't taste good. I literally thought she meant it could kill you. I was afraid to order tea in a restaurant since possibly the waiter had reheated some cold tea, and it would be lethal.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sun, 30th May '10 6:05 AM

My English language capabilities have always been strong (reading, writing, etc.) and I've been proud of inheriting that trait from my mother.

I was so embarrassed years ago when I finally asked a friend what a certain word was on an advertisement in a subway station which I passed daily on my way to work. I told her every single time I passed this advertisement, I just couldn't figure out what it meant! ... She took one look at it and then at me and asked me what the problem was. The advertisement had only 3 words, "Posters Mean Business." I asked her what a poster was (pronouncing it pawster!!!). She just howled with laughter and as soon as she said poster, I turned red and could not believe I was reading such a simple word so wrong. LMAO d'oh!

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 30th May '10 7:11 AM

I was graduated from college before I found out that veminant was spelled vehement! I thought they were two different words. My mother, whose own mother was a teacher of English, and who to her dying day made a distinction between shall and will, pronounced it that way, and I fear I still do!!!!

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 30th May '10 8:04 AM

That Dolly Parton does not sing "...With flaming locks of all burnt hair..." in Jolene.

I'm still unsure what colour 'auburn' is, but realise now that it doesn't actually have to be smoking in order to qualify.

Have a lovely day everybody!

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sun, 30th May '10 8:45 AM

Along this same line, I thought that the Bon Jovi song said "Living on Credit," instead of "Living on a Prayer."

I still think my version makes more sense for most folks today.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:40 AM

We should start of new thread for Mondegreens! (so named according to wiki because someone heard "laid him on the green" as "Lady Mondegreen")
Of the Sadly the Cross-eyed bear variety.

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 1651)
Sun, 30th May '10 10:44 AM

Never did a dumb thing before-lol

But last week, I was looking for my slip and couldn't find, so I got another one outta the drawer; when I went to put it on, I realised I already had one on-Duh!

Worked at 30 Rock (for NBC)-love Rockefeller Center!

LOVE TIMES SQUARE



1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 30th May '10 11:04 AM

Took me 7 years to figure out that my ex-husband was really a jerk.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 30th May '10 12:19 PM

I also thought the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way" was called "Marcus Wayne"...

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 30th May '10 12:47 PM

Don't get me started on mondegreens - my worst is "sharp laser beam pin-ball" from Tommy. I thought it was a new type of pinball game!

And does anyone else see Smaug wearing a silly cat hat in the avatars above?

chender
Chender  (Level: 193.3 - Posts: 160)
Sun, 30th May '10 3:01 PM

I always thought Billy Ocean was singing "Go and get stuffed"

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 1651)
Sun, 30th May '10 3:31 PM

LOL the cat on Smaug's head.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Sun, 30th May '10 3:34 PM

How about "Will Houston Love Me Tomorrow"? or my favorite Mondagreen, contributed by my daughter, soulfully singing in the back seat: "You maybe feel like I nabbed your old woman".

patchee
Patchee  (Level: 158.4 - Posts: 61)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:31 PM

After being a Sloofus member for over a year and a half I discovered there was more to it than just the daily question, kerplunks and quizes. Love the WordPuzzles! Found them last week. In my defense against being thought of as a Sloofus Doofus, I am visually impaired.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:37 PM

So when I moved to lower mid-town NY in 2001 I saw a bunch of sporting goods stores all with the slogan 'AL POR MAYOR' --Spanish for Wholesale.

The times being what they were I assumed Sharpton was running for Mayor and the Spanish community was supporting him.



mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:43 PM

There's an actor that does an Allstate commercial who also stars in a TV show whose name escapes me at the moment, The Unit maybe? Anyway, he says, "That's Allstate's stand, you're in good hands." For at least two years, I thought he said, "That's Allstate, Stan, you're in good hands." I kept asking, Who's Stan? DUH! One day it dawned on me what the heck he was saying. So silly....

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 31st May '10 11:37 AM

Yeah, that actor plays the president in 24.

And I do not have pussy on the brain.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.7 - Posts: 909)
Mon, 31st May '10 2:01 PM

Speaking of cats my daughter has a friend that is a true blond (no offense intended) that when my daughter told her that she needed to get a CAT scan she said, "Why would anyone want to scan their cat"

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 31st May '10 4:26 PM

I've had a number of moments like yours. Still remember the first time it dawned on me that word "lesbian" had something to do with the island of "lesbos"...............

amyt
Amyt  (Level: 134.8 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 31st May '10 6:57 PM

That hemorrhoid cream and toothpaste have distressingly similar containers. Instead of toothpaste, I got the other...very unpleasant early morning experience!

mudcat
Mudcat  (Level: 4.2 - Posts: 13)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:23 PM

Well, I once got the Ben-Gay instead of the K-Y. Not good.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:49 PM

bwahahahaha @ mudcat.......I can only imagine...........

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:50 PM

I forgot to add that Vicks is not exactly like vaseline either..............


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