Once I handed in a paper to a university professor who was very strict that all tables you included had to “stand alone”, that is, they had to make sense without reading the entire paper. One of my tables was entitled, “Comparisons of Proposed Five-Year Plans”. Next to it, in red pen, he wrote, “OVER WHAT TIME PERIOD?”
A very earnest friend I had in high school was telling me once about all the great things Desmond Tutu was doing for South America. I thought, oh that’s nice, he must be spreading his message of racial tolerance all over the world now. So I asked, “What exactly was Tutu doing in South America?”
“Well, he lives there.”
“I’m pretty sure he lives in South Africa.”
“What’s the difference, anyway?”
It wasn’t a sarcastic reply … she really wanted to know the difference. I was laughing too hard to explain it.