When I first heard of baling wire it took me awhile to realize what it was used for. Have you ever been oblivious to something blatantly obvious?
Haven't we all? Don't feel bad - most people don't even realize how it's spelled, although I can't imagine anybody thinks you can pay your bail with it! lol :-D
I know what baling wire is when I see it, it just didn't click in my head whenever someone said it. A lot of people say it bay-ling though instead of bale-ing and I think that might have been what confused me.