This thread is going to keep me entertained for days!! But I had to skip ahead so I could add my stories.....
Jackson, Michigan. Jackson County Fair...
There is a fair entry for "fence mural" you can compete by painting an 8'x8' board with one of the themes that the fair selects: Animal, Fair Scene, Rural Scene, etc. Allowing for some imagination and loose interpretation at times. In the youth class, a boy entered to paint "Animal", and did a FANTASTIC mural of a frog on a branch. He was a gifted artist and it took him far less time than the other kids (myself included). When he was finished I would hear people sniping about how he should be disqualified because it was the "ANIMAL" class and he DID NOT paint an animal, he painted a FROG!!! He was eventually disqualified for not painting an animal. And the next year they ammended the fair entry book to read "Animal or Bird" for the class entry. It read that way for years, and it may still! That took a board room full of people to come to the decision that a frog was not an animal and that they had to additionally define birds as included in animal....what the heck was the frog, a vegetable???
Overheard in Howard's Feed Store in Jackson. The feed store is downtown in a fair sized city, it's a bit out of place, but they have chicks and various other meat projects:
Woman Customer: Phew...that must be one TIIIRED momma to have all them babies!! (shaking her head while looking at the chicks)
Clerk: Chickens don't have babies like that, the chicks are hatched from eggs. (Said kindly and matter of factly)
Woman: EEEGGS!!??! Chicks come from EGGS!??......(shaking head trying to grasp concept)...Man, I'm from the city, (laughing at herself) I don't know this stuff! I didn't know chickens came from eggs!! (still chuckling)
Stupid Thing I've Said.... I was 17 or 18. Apparently I had never actually spent any time in a city to this point....My friend and I were driving around Lansing, Michigan on a cool night and the steam was rolling out of the sewer grates
With honest, slackjawed astonishment I exclaimed,
"I didn't know steam REALLY came out of the sewers!!?! I thought that only happened in movies!!" My friend still tears up with giggles remembering that moment. And I still laugh at myself.
Another Stupid thing I've Done..... At a tattoo parlor with a friend that's getting extensive work done. The guys decide to initiate the new girl (me). The guy in the corner tells me he just got a new tatt with blueberry scented ink.... Now the smarter side of me could read the room and know they were yankin my chain...the gullible runt inside me caved to their game and sniffed the tattoo. It did make them roll with laughter and then they could move on and I wasn't an "outsider" anymore cuz I could take a joke.
Edited by franklinstreetwest - 5/30/12 at 8:09pm