Check out this anecdote about Virginia Lee Burton's Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. Wizards Wireless has the story.
This post reminds me of another quandry, as posed by Ramona Quimby in Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest. Ramona asks Miss Binney, her kindergarten teacher, how Mike Mulligan was able to go to the bathroom when he was working all day to dig the required hole. Miss Binney is flummoxed as the kids discuss the matter. One kid wonders if Mike Mulligan climbed out and went to a service station, while another kid points out that Mike Mulligan had to work all day and couldn't stop. Finally, the inexperienced Miss Binney says that the reason why the story doesn't explain how/when Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom was because it wasn't an important part of the story. However, the kindergarten is not convinced:
Ramona and the rest of the class knew that going to the bathroom was important. They were surprised that Miss Binney did not understand, because she had showed them the bathroom first thing. Ramona could see there were some things she was not going to learn at school, and along with the rest of the class she stared reproachfully at Miss Binney.
--Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Pest, Chapter 1
Have you ever said or written anything where you backed yourself into a corner? How did you get out? Please discuss in the comments section.