What does this quotation mean?

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  1. Caezar macrumors 6502

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    My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
    -Erma Bombeck

    What does "hitting my head on the top bunk bed" mean? I laughed when I first read it, because I thought I read "hitting my head on the bed headboard" and that it had a sex connotation. But "top bunk bed"?

    :confused:

    P.S.: English is not my mother tongue
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    A bunk bed.

    If you sit up you hit your head on the bed above.
     
  3. ethical macrumors 68000

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    Bunk bed:

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    Bed on top and either another bed or a desk or something underneath.

    EDIT: Beaten to it :p
     
  4. Caezar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. So what is funny about this quotation?
     
  5. MultiM macrumors 6502

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    She hates ironing. She was being ironic.:D

    I loved Erma Bombeck.
     
  6. iSaint macrumors 603

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    When she makes up the bed on the bottom part of the bunk bed, she hits her head when standing up. She probably does it often and speaks of the irony of it happening so often. Like, you'd think I would learn!
     
  7. Caezar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, ok. In this case, I prefer my own version:

    "My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the bed headboard until I faint."
    :p
     
  8. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I interpret it as her roundabout and funny way of saying "I hate ironing". She'd rather cause herself great pain until she faints.

    Like saying, the only thing I would prefer over eating brussels sprouts is rat poison.
     
  9. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    It's like saying "I would rather bang my head over and over" - similar to the more popular phrase "I would rather watch paint dry"
     

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