Talk about putting both your feet and an extra one in your mouth! Misspeaking has happened to the best of us and unfortunately, even the most eloquent are not immune from it.
I was out for a hike with an international mix of people and had to take a one hour train ride to the starting point. Introductions were being made all round. One lady was visiting on duty from Peru and was quite excited, this being her first visit to Europe. She got chatting to one of the other hikers.
Peru Lady (PL): Where are you from? (Quite a common question when introductions are made).
Russia Lady (RL): I am from Russia.
PL, looking shocked: What? You are from Russia? (All our ears perked up because this sounded like an interesting conversation).
RL: Yes, I am. You look surprised. Why?
PL: All the Russians I have seen are skinny, tall very beautiful with flawless skin.
RL: Where did you see Russians who only look like that?
PL: On a reality TV show in Peru.
The Russian lady was not impressed with the answer but was understanding that PL had not been exposed to other cultures and responded diplomatically that reality TV shows are not real and do not represent the real situation. PL realized her mistake and stammered that she thought RL was equally beautiful, etc.