Recent conversation between me and a female colleague at work:
N: We need to discuss this at the meeting and... hey, have you worn make-up today?
Me: (surprised that someone actually notices on the rare occasions I wear make-up to work) Yeah, I used mascara - thought I should try to use it at least once in a while.
N: Oh really? But you already have long and curly eye-lashes! Why do you need mascara?
Me: (feeling all flattered and happily rocketing towards cloud 9) :-)!
N: That's why I can't even see the difference you know. I can't tell you have used mascara.
Me: (puzzled) Oh! But didn't you just now ask me if I have worn make-up?
N: Oh, I was referring to your purple eyeshadow!
Me: Huh!?! What purple eyeshadow? (realization dawning and rapidly falling from cloud 9 to core of the earth -9) Oh no - that's not make-up. Those are the dark circles I got due to lack of sufficient sleep.
N: (sounding embarrassed) Oh! (brightening up) But you know what, you should be happy! It looks like make-up and you did not even have to spend time on it!
Me: Yeah right, whatever!
*Sigh* and so life goes on!