Case 1: All through my childhood I had a small dog, about the size of a cat. When I was in high school, we didn’t let him in the house. He usually slept in a box in the garage. One day, a cat showed up. Our dog and the cat fought like, well, cats and dogs. But the cat kept coming around and eventually sort of adopted us. The dog and cat got along so well that they’d curl up next to each other in the box and sleep together.
The reaction: “They slept together? That’s SICK!” Uh, I said slept, not had sex. Moron.
Case 2: (From maybe 15-20 years ago) There’s some diaper company that has two kinds of diapers, one for boys and one for girls.
The reaction: “That’s sexist! They’re totally discriminating against girls!” Oh, looks like somebody needs an anatomy lesson.
Case 3: When I worked in a video store a woman came in with her son who was maybe 4 or 5. They decided to rent Lady and the Tramp. It was the son’s favorite movie. When they were checking it out, the son asked to hold it. The mother said “OK, but be really careful with it. If you drop it and break it, mommy will be very sad.” The son replied “Yeah, and um, when they’re eating the spaghetti? They might choke.”
The reaction: “Oh, I would smack that kid so hard! What a little shit!” I think someone didn’t quite hear the story right. Sadly, she was a mom herself.