“Jack Sprat, Eater-Cheater” / Memorable Fancies #211

[“Jack Sprat could eat no fat / his wife could eat no lean.” – British folk poem] Jack Sprat was the world’s eat-no-fat record holder. He won many no-fat-eating competitions. He endorsed products containing no fat, and championed healthy causes. In secret, however, Jack ate fat. He ate a great deal of fat. He ate fat every chance he could get. He loved fat. He slurped it down with spoons and sucked it up with straws. He ate it fried and broiled and baked and even raw at times. There … [Read more...]

“Roberta’s Goal” / A Memorable Fancy #326

     Roberta practices standing on her bathroom scale and, through determined willpower, attempts to levitate a fraction of an inch toward the ceiling. She strains, sweats with effort, gradually changes the display from 125 pounds to 124, then 123. Her cellphone rings. Suddenly distracted, the scale jumps back to 125.      By the following week, however, Roberta manages to achieve 122 and hold her body at that weight for almost a second. Encouraged, over the next few months she gets the scale … [Read more...]