I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is…

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

― Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), Author of Make Way For Ducklings

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129 Responses to I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is…

  1. Rajini Rao says:


    “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” Harry S. Truman 🙂


  2. Rajini…U convinced & m confused.. :)))

  3. Rajini Rao says:


    Jaz Emminger ?? “Sometimes I’m confused by what I think is really obvious. But what I think is really obvious obviously isn’t obvious…”-M. Stipe.

  4. Jaz Emminger says:


    He who stand on toilet, high on pot.

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    Another cute one bites the dust: Energizer bunny arrested, charged with battery.

  6. Jaz Emminger says:


    When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane


  7. His only defence was to rabbit on and on and on

  8. Rajini Rao says:


    All generalizations are false, including this one.


  9. All falsehoods are generalisations, including this one?


  10. Every time it works you are 70% surprised.

  11. Rajini Rao says:


    Five out of four people won’t get that math, James Tyler 😦

  12. Jaz Emminger says:


    Constipated people don’t give a crap.


  13. Especially those of us for whom maths is, logically, a plural Rajini Rao 


  14. Why do Americans abbreviate mathematics to maths?

  15. Jaz Emminger says:


    The same reason we abbreviate obese to buffet.


  16. And, amongst other things, president to bush?

  17. Rajini Rao says:


    It’s a singular habit, true Nobilangelo Ceramalus !

  18. Jaz Emminger says:


    We haven’t voted in a female yet…


  19. It needs to multiply Rajini Rao 


  20. Quick, duck, they’re cracking yolks!

  21. Rajini Rao says:


    We are the undivided, the United States.


  22. Plussers must all use maths…

  23. Rajini Rao says:


    So the yolks on you? 🙂


  24. You’re egging me on…

  25. Jaz Emminger says:


    Ah snap…it was already used. LOL


  26. I’m shell-shocked down here.

  27. Rajini Rao says:


    You guys are cracking me up, you know.


  28. (Down here being New Zealand, where it is 126:23 on Saturday)


  29. Don’t shell them till you see the whites of their eggs


  30. This circle is going egg-shaped

  31. Rajini Rao says:


    I’m shelldom at a loss for words..

  32. Jaz Emminger says:


    You guys are so shellfish…


  33. Unless you are yolked to a mad circle Rajini Rao 

  34. Rajini Rao says:


    Omelet me outta here! 🙂


  35. If God had not invented puns it would have been necessary to invent them.


  36. Try this one: A non sequitur is what you use to prune an illogical garden.

  37. Rajini Rao says:


    That was an eggscruciating pun Nobilangelo Ceramalus .


  38. It is both pun and non sequitur, which is why it is particularly shelly Rajini Rao 


  39. I thought it was rather egglegant Rajini Rao 

  40. Rajini Rao says:


    You’re just scrambling my brain!

  41. Arun Shroff says:


    This just quacks me up 🙂 

  42. Rajini Rao says:


    We seem to be going ova and ova the same puns 🙂


  43. Or should I say easy ova?

  44. Rajini Rao says:


    No really, that was over ova easy.

  45. Rajini Rao says:


    Nest time, we’ll get it right.


  46. That’s not fair. You have a natural advantage Rajini Rao 


  47. We can’t carry on gameting like this Rajini Rao 

  48. Arun Shroff says:


    A bunch of wise quackers 🙂 

  49. Rajini Rao says:


    My quicheton is shall we break it off?


  50. You’ve zygote me now Rajini Rao (and the Concise Oxford)

  51. Rajini Rao says:


    These yolks are a dime a dozen, so lay it on Nobilangelo Ceramalus !


  52. There’s only two sorts here, the quiche and the fried


  53. But you’re only pollen my leg, right? Rajini Rao 


  54. At this rate well make it to the Guinness Book of Eggcords Rajini Rao 

  55. Rajini Rao says:


    Haven’t you had enoeuf yet?


  56. The record for the number of spore yolks cracked in a shelly session.


  57. Is French cheating Rajini Rao 

  58. Rajini Rao says:


    Why, did that yolk go huevo-ver your head?


  59. I’m glad this is a friendly game, Rajini Rao , not a gametophyte.

  60. Arun Shroff says:


    What fowl puns! 

  61. Rajini Rao says:


    As long as you don’t go poaching my good yolks, Nobilangelo Ceramalus .


  62. No, Rajini Rao , I thought it was a mesobllast


  63. But you have so many Rajini Rao


    And zillions more to release

  64. Rajini Rao says:


    I’m getting eggsausted, Nobilangelo Ceramalus , although I hope I’meringue.


  65. No, Rajini Rao you’re just being ova reasonable


  66. You might have to be a New Zealander or an Australian to get all the nuances of my saying Pavlova to you Rajini Rao 

  67. Rajini Rao says:


    That’s all, yolks! It’ll soon be sunny side up on this side of the world..staying up late is not what it’s cracked up to be 🙂

  68. Ron Watson says:


    I’m schizophrenic and so am I.


  69. Fare thee well, cracker woman, Rajini Rao 


  70. PS. A Pavlova is a mega-meringue, named, for some reason, after the ballet dancer. But it was not till now that I realised that the name of the dish is a nice pun.

  71. Rajini Rao says:


    This was eggscellent! You’re a rather good egg, Nobilangelo Ceramalus .


  72. I oviposit that this punishment must stop.


  73. It is infundibulumly painful!


  74. My mother obviously thought so, Rajini Rao 


  75. Like you, Rajini Rao , I have to duck out and do something else…


  76. You’re all stating the blatantly oviparous! 


  77. Is there not Big Endian or Little Endian to all this?


  78. Once you’ve picked up this thread it’s hard to Lilliput down.


  79. This duck-inspired thread is now down.


  80. he’s so fresh he’s still got his lil egg tooth

  81. Aislinn P says:


    This is such an awesome pic!!!


  82. it is called as good pic

  83. Jim Giordano says:


    interesting words…wonderful pic

  84. Vinod Pandey says:


    No doubt picture is beautiful and photography which include such a angle is even beautiful.

  85. Chris Powell says:


    I’m with Vinod, what a remarkable demonstration of 1) how ducks ‘float’, 2) why they stay dry and warm whilst performing item 1, and 3) the remarkable adaptation through time of an avian species to an aquatic environment.  (The lack of skin effect upon the lens or isolating panel of (plexi)glass(?) between the environment the the recorder is also exquisite.)


    oh, and the quotation? Ya, that too!~

  86. Chad Haney says:


    I was busy all day yesterday. I just watched the White Sox after dinner. I think I skimmed through this but maybe I missed it. I at least posted a reply to the duck pic. http://goo.gl/Zvi1i

  87. Rajini Rao says:


    It was a late night post..the Incorrigibles were all off doing things IRL. I was actually trying to write a post on Hodgkin and Huxley’s giant squid axon experiment (Huxley just passed away), but it was too late for my frontal lobe neurons to hit the right synapses, so I just fired some loose action potentials instead 😛

  88. Chad Haney says:


    Yeah, I dug through some old stuff I emailed to recycle for G+. I think it was too late for Rajini Rao and Gnotic Pasta 

  89. Chad Haney says:


    Wait, if mornings are so bad, Gnotic Pasta how do you have a job that makes you get up at 3 AM?

  90. Caleb Allen says:


    Gnotic Pasta PUNishment indeed


  91. I have no more quacks to add to this compendium, Feisal Kamil , and I can only beg your forgiveness in a musical manner:  Be kind to your web footed friend….

  92. Rajini Rao says:


    LOL, Caleb Allen and William McGarvey ! I was starting to feel negglected by you 🙂

  93. Rajini Rao says:


    Gnotic Pasta is the one with the chicks.


  94. As the head of the hospital proclaimed to the magistrate in the operating room, surrounded by the accused and desperately ill, “You’re trying my patients, madame!” (Now, how’s that for negglect, Rajini Rao ?)

  95. Chad Haney says:


    I was too tired for something as heavy as discussions of eggstentialism.

  96. Rajini Rao says:


    If you put your thinking cap-on William McGarvey , I’m sure you can lay out some more Fabergelous yolks than that 🙂


  97. Do you suppose some ancient Athenian architects were inspired by Parthenonogenesis?

  98. Rajini Rao says:


    Eggscuzes, Chad Haney , don’t be so neggative. Plenty more puns in the basket.

  99. Chad Haney says:


    But my morning is still embryonic.

  100. Rajini Rao says:


    O’vary good, William McGarvey !


  101. “You’re just trying to sperm me on, Rajini Rao !”, he ejaculated, “while the airport traffic controller is trying to huevos off.”


  102. Thanks Chad Haney for eliciting this musical interlude from waaaay back:  Jefferson Airplane – Embryonic Journey

  103. Rajini Rao says:


    That was lovely, William McGarvey (now I can forgive you for eggbarrassing me over that wickegg pun) 🙂


  104. Looks like I might have ended this thread by really laying an …  

  105. Chad Haney says:


    Speaking of Airplane do you speak jive, William McGarvey I Speak Jive – Airplane! (5/10) Movie CLIP (1980) HD


  106. I think that would be the other Jefferson’s Airplane, Chad Haney :  The Jeffersons Original Theme Song

  107. Rajini Rao says:


    Albumening to complain to G+ about that…


  108. Must we sulfur the continuing stench of these rotten egg puns?

  109. Rajini Rao says:


    As long as we are still fertile, this could be henteresting….


  110. Menarche my words, Rajini Rao , you’ll get no standing ovulation from me!


  111. Parthenonogenesis, William McGarvey? Did the Acropolis generate that thing all by itself, or was it built entirely by women?


  112. On another note, if a young pig is a suckling, and a young duck is a duckling, do ducklings duckle? 

  113. Vinod Pandey says:


    Young duck & old donald duck.

  114. alev uneri says:


     If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.


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