Follow

Thursday, August 20, 2015

OOPS!!



Melynda was sort of like this,
except the window was higher &
there was no water.


(Reworked from a June, 2013 post.) 



Some people have "Aha!" moments.  I'm pretty sure MORE people have "Oops!" moments. A really funny one is the time Melynda got stuck in the window of her car.  This is from her book, “True Nonsense”:


"Morning TV is Banned at my House"
(By special request for fishducky.)

I am sore!

I'm the Queen of Clumsy. I do weird things and end up in precarious positions that are generally painful. So you guessed it. I did it again.

After rounding up the troops and shaking the sleep out of their eyes I began preparing their breakfast and firing off orders in my typical drill sergeant manner. 

As they were eating, though, I realized I had about ten minutes to do something I needed to do and ran out to the garage to gather my receipts.

Looking around I realized I hadn't fed the dogs yet so mentally calculating the time it would take to accomplish that simple task I ran and gathered their bowls, and fed the beasties, then headed back out to my car only to be stopped with a shoe problem. 

You see Mr. P has to tie, not just double knots in his shoes, but triple and quadruple knots also.

I made quick work of the knots, after all I have had years of practice, then realized I didn't have my shoes on which seemed a little bizarre since I always wear shoes.

I ran into my room and slipped them on while texting Elisa and rescheduling our appointment for another time. Shoes on, text written and sent, I headed back out to the garage.

Why all the detail? Well it partially explains my frame of mind and the stupid decision that I made.

I got to the car and reached through the open window just to realize that what I had thought was my wallet was actually something else. (Oh, the joys of losing one’s eyesight.) I reached in a little further but couldn't quite reach wallet as the window was half way up.

I squeezed through the opening a little further and my feet started dangling off the ground. I'm giggling and thanking God my car is parked in the garage and none of the neighbors can see my posterior that is currently up in the air..

I thought to myself...

"Why didn't I just open the door? I would have been done by now.”

Which is about the time I realized something critical, I was stuck. That's right. MY FEET WERE NOT TOUCHING THE GROUND. I had no leverage. I shimmied trying to knock myself in the car but my hips were stuck on the window. I tried to back up, but I only got as far as my chest before I realized small chested or not, those puppies were not crossing the great divide.

I started fumbling for keys thinking I could roll the window down and let myself out. I dropped the keys. My only hope is that my children would come out and rescue me. I honked my horn and those buggers didn't come out. I honked again with the same result. My ribs were killing me and my breast felt like someone had taken a sledge hammer to them. Still I'm lying on a lip of glass, my butt and legs are starting to go numb, and I'm pretty sure something is touching my back. As I glance back the small white kitten from hell leaped off my mirror and onto my back. As she is slipping and sliding trying to hold her grip on my clothing and digging her claws into anything of substance (that's my flesh in case you were wondering), I reacted without thinking and bucked like a jackass being beat. Of course, she is now acting like a professional ice skater (again my flesh being the ice), and sharp shooting pain the likes of fire shooting through every part of my body, was indeed beginning to control me. I honked that horn like a madwoman! I was praying to God to let one of those bone heads in the house hear me.

Mr. P finally comes out and says, "What?" in a very disgruntled voice. Apparently he had heard me but was in the middle of a show so didn't bother coming out.

"Get the keys and roll the window down," I yelled.

"How am I supposed to do that when you’re on that side of the car?" he asked bewildered. For such a smart kid he sure can ask dumb questions.

"Go to the other side of the car. Reach down on the floor and hand me the keys!" I said through clenched teeth. Still he stood there.

"Why can’t you just pull yourself out?"

"Mr. P I'm stuck. If you don't give me those keys right this second I'm going to ground you until you are 100 years old and you will never get another treat from me. Do you understand what I'm saying?"

"Well, yeah, but if I'm grounded till I'm 100 then you'll be like 200 hundred and…"

"Get me the FREAKIN’ KEYS NOW!"

Being typical Mr. P he took his time rattling on and on the whole entire trip around the car but he gave me the keys and I got out of the car and took him to school..

All of that took 11 minutes, and I banned any TV in the morning from here on out. I don't care if he's ready an hour before school starts, but by God, I'm not taking any chances.
____________________
I, myself, have seldom had an "Oops!" moment, except for the times I've fallen & broken bones, made an unsuccessful attempt at turning left, set my son's bathrobe on fire while he was wearing it & a few other equally minor things.  Others have, though--some examples:


1. The Dairy Association's huge success with their campaign "Got Milk?" prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention the Spanish translation read "Are you lactating?"

2. Coors put its slogan, "Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it was read as "Suffer From Diarrhea."

3. Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux."

4. Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the "Manure Stick."


5. When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby on the label.  Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels of what's inside, since many people can't read.

6. Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious pornographic magazine.

7. An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market which promoted the Pope's visit. Instead of "I Saw the Pope" (el Papa), the shirts read "I Saw the Potato" (la papa)
.
8. Pepsi's "Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation" translated into "Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back From the Grave" in Chinese.

9. The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Kekoukela", meaning "Bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax", depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "kokou kole", translating into "happiness in the mouth."

10. Frank Perdue's chicken slogan, "It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken" was translated into Spanish as "it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate."

11. When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to have read, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." The company thought that the word "embarazar" (to impregnate) meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant"

12. When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, it translated its "Fly In Leather" campaign literally, which meant "Fly Naked" (vuela en cuero) in Spanish.

13. When General Motors introduced the Chevy Nova in South America, it was apparently unaware that "no va" means "it won't go." After the company figured out why it wasn't selling any cars, it renamed the car in its Spanish markets to the Caribe.

14. Also in Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan "finger-lickin' good" came out as "eat your fingers off."

15. The American slogan for Salem cigarettes, "Salem – Feeling Free," got translated in the Japanese market into "When smoking Salem, you feel so refreshed that your mind seems to be free and empty."

16. Ford had a problem in Brazil when the Pinto flopped. The company found out that Pinto was Brazilian slang for "tiny male genitals". Ford pried all the nameplates off and substituted Corcel, which means horse.

17. In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.

18. Japan's second-largest tourist agency was mystified when it entered English-speaking markets and began receiving requests for unusual sex tours. Upon finding out why, the owners of Kinki Nippon Tourist Company changed its name.
____________________
An "Oops!!" moment that happened to me:

We took our family to dinner at Lawry's prime rib restaurant  to celebrate my son & daughter-in-law's wedding anniversary & my granddaughter's 22nd birthday. There were 9 of us at a round table.  I was seated first & my son-in-law (the birthday girl's father) chose to sit on my left.  We were all talking & laughing & near the end of the dinner we were chatting with our waitress.  She told us that she had thought that my son-in-law & I were a couple because we obviously enjoyed each other's company so much. She thought I was a COUGAR!!  I loved it!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Some "Oops!" jokes:


Before going in for surgery I thought it would be funny if I posted a note on myself telling the surgeon to be careful. After the surgery I found another note on myself, "Anyone know where my cell phone is????????”


A blond entered the emergency room with both of her ears burned. “What happened?” asked the doctor. “Well”, she said, “I was ironing while I was watching TV. I put down the iron next to the phone and when the phone rang I answered the iron.” “Wow, that's terrible” responded the doctor, and what happened to your other ear?” “Well” the blond said, "I had to call 911, didn't I?"

Sam and Susan were invited to a costume party. Susan got costumes for both of them. However, Susan wasn't feeling well and Sam went to the party alone. A few hours later, Susan began to feel better and decided to go to the party. She realized that while she knew Sam was in a gorilla suit, he had never seen her costume, and decided to go and see what he was up to while he was alone. She arrived and observed him dancing closely with a series of beautiful women. She went to him and began flirting, and soon they were taking a walk in the woods alone. They then undressed in the darkness and had sex. She got home before her husband and when he arrived, she was in bed. She asked him, "How was the party?" He replied "Oh, the usual - you know I never have much fun at these things alone." "Didn't you even dance?" she asked. "No, I sat in the den all night playing cards. The guy I lent my costume to had a ball, though..."
ebaumsworld.com


A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man's face. "What the heck did you do that for!?!" the man screams. "Well, you don't have the hiccups anymore do you?" The man says, "No I don't, you IDIOT…But my wife's out in the car & she still does!"
jokesgalore.com

I tend to have an occasional "Oops!" moment with 
my computer & I have to call my son for help.  
He just sent this to me:










 









The astronomical world was extremely excited recently when scientists discovered a voice coming from deep in the universe.  It apparently originated milliseconds before the Big Bang.  It said, "Oops!"----fishducky



 


   

20 comments:

  1. I am pretty certain that the Parker Pen ad was at least accurate. Or mostly so.
    Big smiles - and thank you.
    I myself have far too many oops moments. Nice to know that others do too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Undoubtedly one of the least enjoyable ways to start a pregnancy!!

      Delete
  2. I got stuck behind my washing machine once upon a time.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I take it you eventually got out--would you share some details, please?

      Delete
    2. I think something was broken, so I climbed over the washer to fix it. When I was done, I didn't have enough space to climb over the washer again. I did not get out. Everything I do takes place behind the washing machine.

      Delete
    3. Are Mr. Wooters & the dogs OK with that?

      Delete
  3. Oh, Melynda, she's so funny! Of course, I liked the Electrolux one and the rest made me smile too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Had you heard that Electrolux slogan before?

      Delete
  4. Loved the lost in translation ones. And God's people shaker explains a lot.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. God really should have used a lighter hand with His seasoning!!

      Delete
  5. ESSO (so I am told) translated in Japan as Ass Hole. So they changed to Exxon.

    ReplyDelete
  6. My Pops told me that in Germany there are signs leaving the gas station "Habinze gooten fard", for "Have a good trip."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the ONLY kind of fard I'd want!!

      Delete
  7. Like the joke about the blind in the emergency room with two burnt ears. Thanks for the laughs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If she were from Italy, she might've been a venetian blind!!

      Delete
  8. Nothing can beat that car window story. Truth. Funnier than fiction!

    I also liked the Gerber baby food packaging faux pas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melynda's life keeps going like that!!

      Delete
  9. Had lots of giggles over the translation ones.
    I've heard the Gerber baby food one before.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This girl is grudgingly grateful for even gratuitous giggles!!

      Delete

Your comments make my day, which shows you how boring my life has become.