Say what you mean!

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honestrosewater
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:rofl: I was trying to resolve a question about ambiguity and came across some funny examples.
drunk gets nine months in violin case
Iraqi head seeks arms
prostitutes appeal to pope
teacher strikes idle kids
squad helps dog bite victim
enraged cow injures farmer with ax
miners refuse to work after death
juvenile court to try shooting defendant
stolen painting found by tree
two Soviet ships collide, one dies
two sisters reunited after 18 years in checkout counter
- http://www.criticism.com/linguistics/types-of-ambiguity.php
Anyone have more to add? My previous favorite was
I will wear no clothes to distinguish me from my Christian brethren.​

Oh, and here's one from Groucho
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.​
 
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matthyaouw
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Those remind me of a line from Terry Pratchett's 'The Truth'. There is a newspaper headline that reads:

"Patrician attacks Clerk with Knife! (He had the Knife, not the Clerk.)"
 

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