Come Hear "Methuselah Ate TLBB-Acapella
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Its called "Methuselah Ate!"
Methuselah ate what he found on his plate and never,
as people as as as do now,
Did he note the amount of the calorie count. He ate it
because it was chow!
He wasn't disturbed, nor perplexed, nor perturbed
while devouring a roast or a pie,
Thinking fiber was short, in the right kind and sort,
or the vitamin count might be shy!
He cheerfully chewed ev'ry species of food, unmindful
of troubles or fears,
That his health would be hurt by some fancy dessert!
And he lived over nine hundred years!
Adapted from "And He Ate Meat" Anonymous jingle, circa
1900 Public Domain
The Story (and its a good one)
I read this poem years ago in a joke book. At that
time, I did not know that it had such a rich history,
including a connection to Frank Kellogg, the founder
of Kellogg Corn Flakes etc.
The jingle was written by an anonymous employee of the
meat industry, hearkening back to the Upton Sinclair
era, and the meat packing scandal. It was their way
of saying that it was safe to eat meat! In today's
context, it pokes fun at any excessive emphasis on
nutrition to the exclusion of eating for enjoyment!
And Kellogg? He, a strict vegetarian, wrote a
What Methuselah ate
Was not on a plate,
For plates were not yet invented.
He ate Paradise meat, (ie. fruit)
And thus old age prevented.
For Paradise meat
Was delicious to eat,
And kept him in finest condition.
And 'twas hung on trees,
And not made to please
The deadly Live Stock Commission
I would be honored if you would give it a look and a
listen- and more "honored" if you actually bought it!
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