A said: "I caught an elephant in my pyjamas the other day. How it got in there I don't know."
B said: "I often shoot lions with my glasses. My glasses have lasers in them, you see."
C said: "I went mountaneering with my book yesterday. It is a very big book."
I said: "I eat underpants frequently."
I had mistaken their witty exchange of dangling modifiers for a series of true confessions, and had attempted to join in! What an embarrassing mistake!
The following day, we were all walking in the park and another sparkling conversation followed.
A said: "My new French clock loses time frequently, thanks to chocolate."
B said: "I hear that Mars is coming closer to the Earth in its orbit, but then again, I blow my nose frequently."
C said: "My mother is quite fond of cake, so I have taken up juggling."
I said: "I shot JFK. No, really."
I had done it again - not realising that they were merely exchanging delightful non-sequiturs!
TimT's book, 101 Awkward Social Gaffes and what you should do to avoid them will be out just in time to miss the Christmas and New Year rush in all bad book stores.