It seemed to be popular, so I dug up some items from Saturday Night Live. Why SNL? Well I think Emily Litella (played by Gilda Radner) were some excellent examples of mondegreens.
As a reminder–A mondegreen is defined as the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase in a way that gives it and new meaning. The mishearing is usually not very plausible. SNL was great at this.
Radner would go into a tirade on about some topic. Eventually, the newsperson would interrupt her to point out her error.
Topics she ranted (incorrectly about) included:
the “deaf “penalty (death)
the “eagle” rights amendment (equal)
saving Soviet “jewelry” (jewry)
endangered “feces” (species)
presidential “erections ” (elections)
conserving our natural racehorses (resources)
“violins on television” (violence)
China pouring money into canker research (cancer)
youth in Asia (euthanasia)
sax [on television (sex)
making Puerto Rico a steak (state)
Good ol’ Emily would end by saying, “Never mind!”
I MISS GILDA