Tad Friend’s article, “Secret Agent Man,” in a recent issue of The New Yorker, has this great quote from Michael Ovitz, former head of Disney and Hollywood agent:
I always viewed myself as the quarterback of a smoothly oiled football team, the playmaker.
For some reason that struck me as the funniest thing I had read in a long time. The article, however, paid no attention to the humor, as if it were a perfectly normal thing to say about a football team.
A former colleague of mine at Calvin College has been collecting mixed metaphors. Check them out at the English department’s Mixed Metaphor page.