While I do take things literally, I don’t think I’m quite as literal as Louie in the following story:
Louie and his wife are listening to the radio when they hear the weather report: “A snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the odd-numbered side of the street.” So Louie gets up and moves his car.
Two days later – same thing. “A snow emergency has been declared,” blares the radio. “Park your cars on the even-numbered side of the street.” Louie gets up and does what he’s told.
Three days later: “There will be a foot of snow today. Park your cars on the…,” and then the power goes out.
“What should I do?” a confused Louie asks his wife.
“This time,” she says, “why don’t you just leave the car in the garage?“