|Do cars contribute substantially to global warming? How should I know? I'm not a scientist. What I do know is that those polar bears are really poor communicators.|
In addition to not being a mind-reader, Ferdinand was astoundingly literally-minded. His few remaining acquaintances (the friends having disappeared years ago) had all quickly learned to avoid idiomatic expressions like "knock it off" and "cut it out"; for those who had carelessly used these phrases in Ferdinand's presence, the courts ruled that although Ferdinand had indeed knocked it off and cut it out in ways that would typically be considered assault, the perpetrator was mentally unfit to stand trial, and quite intimidating besides.