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I would like to know why the cat thinks "1" is a likely story.

1. She spilled a bottle of water in my car seat and forgot to tell me.

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Email Removed">Email RemovedI would like to know why the cat thinks "1" is a likely story.

We say "a likely story" ironically. To say that it is a likely story means that it is very unlikely that it happened that way. The "joke" consists in the cat's disbelief that the wetness on his pants was not the result of the loss of bladder control that occurs in the elderly. How that relates to his comment about his wife's having had an accident is a mystery to me. We say that someone had an accident when they urinate or defecate in their pants, as a euphemism. This cartoon is confused and more childishly dirty than funny, by the way.

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"A likely story!" means "I don't believe that!"

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Thank you very much!

The cat thinks "That is a likely story".

I wonder if "that" is "1", "2", "3", or anything else.

1. She had an accident

2. She spilled the bottle of water in his car seat

3. She spilled the bottle of water in his car seat and forgot to tell him

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In my understanding, it was "urine" not really water. It could be unintentional like to have some kind of diseases that cause "involuntary urination". Or he could be out and strongly needed going to the restroom but there wasn't any.

But because that was embarrassing for him to admit, he didn't want to say the truth. He preferred to make up a story by saying that his wife spilled the bottle of water in his car seat.