Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Pobble Who Had No Toes

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Edward Lear
One of my favourite child hood stories from the pen of Edward Lear was titled thus.  The opening verse included the words:

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said "Some day you may lose them all;"
He replied "Fish, fiddle-de-dee!"

Maybe they should have read this out to swimmers in Western Brazil before they went for a quick dip, as several of them have lost their appendages to flesh-eating piranhas.

As the old business saying goes "those who swim with the sharks deserve to be eaten", or in this case, "those who knowingly swim in piranhas-infested waters deserve all that they lose".

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