Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Aren't We All Drawn To Scale?

These Must Have Been Mass Produced

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.

13 comments:

Kimberly said...

Oh, that was brilliant! I'm going to be giggling off and on over that all day!

Les Becker said...

Myself, I was brought up to laugh until my sides split... and then apologize. So, ahem, sorry...

Corey~living and loving said...

ooooo that was totally cool. It certainly made me smile. :)

thanks!

Merisi said...

I grew up with six brothers.
Nothing can unsettle me anymore.
;-)

karoline said...

>t's just an innate human reaction, isn't it? You see a weighing scale, you get the irresistible urge to stand on it



lol..clearly written by a man...no...most women do not feel compelled to jump on a scale, let alone pay a dollar to do so in public...

;)

Melissa said...

Love the limerick David...how funny! No, I don't really get an overwhelming urge to stand on the scales, ever....hahaha. I hope you have a great day!

imac said...

I too try to avoid them, That ol needle wants to go further round each time.

BRUNO said...

I like the DISCLAIMER, at the end!

Kinda like the "fine-print" at the end of those car commercials---like anyone really does read it anyway! Still, it's "legally" there!

katherine. said...

cute...

indicaspecies said...

David, a nice limerick.

Laughing "at" them may be rude but laughing "with" is allowed, isn't it?

Here's something I created for you just now:

There's a young dashing journalist living in Melbourne
For photos, blogging and writing books he was born
He feeds eucalyptus to his pet Koala
While busy with Maharani Muskoka
Tonight he gets free - time to blow a bugle and a horn.

Jeni said...

Loved the limerick and the rest of the post too.

Suzi-k said...

He he, although I have to disagree with your opening sentence.... if I see a weighing scale I have an irresistable urge to turn and run!

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