A buddy at work once accused me of being the world's worst listener. He offered some examples and other reasons that I don't really remember. Former WILX anchor Nick LaFave once accused me of walking away from him in mid-conversation. I'm quite sure that didn't happen, but if you knew LaFave you'd know it's possible.
That said, my wife is re-painting and designing our youngest's bedroom. Of course, it involves painting and this morning she told me she'd given everything a second coat except the peaks - which I needed to finish up. That's what I heard. Apparently what was actually said (and mind you I haven't seen a transcript) was, "I finished the purple wall, if you can put a second coat on all the pink walls and the purple peak that'd be great." Needless to say, when our paths crossed again by phone the conversation went something like this:
Me: So, I took care of the peaks... the rest looks fantastic.
Julie: You only did the peaks?
Me: That's what you told me to do.
Julie: No, I told you to finish all the pink walls and the peaks... are you telling me I HAVE TO COME HOME AND DO MORE PAINTING??? IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DRY WHEN I GOT THERE SO--
Me: Sorry... I thought you said--
Julie: ...I COULD GET THE REST OF IT DONE AND I WOULD HAVE TIME TO...
I can't really remember the rest. I either wasn't listening or it got so loud it just became inaudible. Either way, I've really got to work on that.