The Platypus Society has “Old Proverbs Explained”. A Sample:
The early bird catches the worm.
Recognized Meaning: Get an early start to achieve success.
Alternate Meaning: Before you get out of bed in the morning ask yourself, “Am I the bird or the worm?” then plan your day accordingly.
You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.
Recognized Meaning: You have to give up something to gain something.
Alternate Meaning: Some things require more effort than you’re willing to commit. Have some cereal instead.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Recognized Meaning: Healthy eating leads to fewer illnesses.
Alternate Meaning: When throwing apples at your doctor, aim for his head, neck, or groin regions.
Go and check out the rest. And if you think of a new one leave it in the comments.