Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
It's just an innate human reaction, isn't it? You see a weighing scale, you get the irresistible urge to stand on it. Years ago, my sister-in-law was the "victim" of a weighing scale prank that left her momentarily horrified, before she burst into laughter. She was heavily pregnant when she and her husband took my eldest brother to the airport. Just before he checked in for his flight, she stepped on a nearby weighing scale and her jaw dropped at her huge, unexpected weight gain. It was only when she stepped off that she noticed my eldest brother (no, not her husband) had put his foot on the scale as well.
And yes, I know weight is a sensitive issue with the entire population, but one of the funniest limericks I read as a teenager made deft use of the English language. The person who wrote it, whose name I cannot recall, use the abbreviation "oz" (the Imperial "ounce") with great imagination. If you read the "oz" in this doggerel rhyme as "ounce" you quickly see how clever the writer was:
A girl who weighed many an oz
Used language I dare not pronoz
When a fellow unkind
Pulled her chair out behind
Just to see (so he said) if she'd boz
Disclaimer: My use of this limerick does not reflect my own standards as a chivalrous human being, brought up never to laugh at other people, especially those who fall on their bums.