Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Hilarity of Being Wrong

Ever since I posted Universe: Altered I've had friends and family telling me their stories of mistaken lyrics and misunderstood movie lines. Turns out I'm not the only one who has been ridiculously incorrect. I guess I opened up a safe space for admitting to them.

My best bud Annie told me her best one the other night. Remember that song "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba? She thought the lyrics in the chorus were "I got no job but I get overtime..." Death by mirth!

I'd like to open it up even more. These things should be shared! I hope any and all readers (I'm not under any delusions that there will be many) will leave a comment of just such an experience. Give us all a laugh! Please! No really, I beg of you. This return to freezing cold death weather is getting me down.


  1. I can't think of a single time that I was wrong about lyrics (I'm sure that I have been many times, I just continue to live in ignorance) but I will tell you another time I was oh, so, wrong.

    On my graduation day of college I saw my friend Mike, also in his grad robes, in the hall of the U's Hunstman Center standing with an elderly couple. I hugged Mike and said "Mike, are these your grandparents??"

    oh, oh they weren't his grandparents. they were his mom and dad. and my response? "oh, of course....the sun was in my eyes!"

    This classy moment brought to you by your sibby.

  2. My little brother Dylan/Thom is notorious for getting movie lines wrong. 2 examples: the first is from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Raph is letting off steam on the rooftop when he's suddenly confronted by the Foot Clan. He asks, "Come on! How do you guys expect to beat me?" More start appearing from all corners and he knows he's wildly outnumbered. He says, "Good answer! Good answer!" Dylan thought he said, "G'day, sir! G'day, sir!" I don't know what he was thinking. Raph is not Australian, nor would he ever be that polite.

    Number 2: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. We find Merry and Pippin captives of a hungry clan of orcs. They query their leader if they can tear the hobbits up for food. One orc pipes up with a high-pitched, nasal voice and says, "Yeah! Why can't we have some meat?" Thom, ignoring all sense he was born with thought he said, "Yeah! Why can't we have some eats?" "Some eats". Like Dairy Queen's Hot Eats, Cool Treats. Come on! Don't ask me questions. It's his brain, not mine.

    Love, Ropey Forest Girl

  3. The following is a message from my brother Dylan/Thom from his mission in Puerto Rico. Not only was he okay with my posting his mistaken movie lines, he volunteered this one about his friend:

    "Did I ever tell you that my friend Steven Stevens* thought that in the 'Oh what a night' song, he thought it said 'Sweet September back in '63, what a very crisp fall time for me' and 'As I recall, it ended my future.' I love that guy."

    *Names have been changed to protect the innocent.