Had another amusing misunderstanding at work...
I am working away (well, I am reading news.bbc.co.uk away or something) and I hear, phonetically:
GIRL: Do you have any tepicks?
ME: <confused> Toothpicks? (What an odd request in an office!)
GIRL: No, tepicks, white out? What do you call it where you're from?
ME: Oh. Just white out.
Turns out they call it TipEx here, another case where a name brand has become generic a la Kleenex and, here, Hoover. Then again, isn't White Out an American brand?
Too bad. Toothpicks was a more interesting request. We should all start asking for odd things from our coworkers. "Excuse me, do you have any aardvarks I can borrow?"