“I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food.”
Robert Orben (1927--) American humorist.
According to a companion, Thackeray, when presented with a half-dozen 6 to 8 inch oysters common at the time:
"He first selected the smallest one...and then bowed his head as though he were saying grace. Opening his mouth very wide, he struggled for a moment, after which all was over. I shall never forget the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five over-occupied shells. I asked him how he felt. 'Profoundly grateful,' he said, 'as if I had swallowed a small baby.'"
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
“So where did these cravings come from? I concluded it's the baby ordering in. Prenatal takeout. Even without ever being in a restaurant, fetuses develop remarkably discerning palates, and they are not shy about demanding what they want. If they get a hankering, they just pick up the umbilical cord and call. 'You know what would taste good right now? A cheeseburger, large fries, and a vanilla shake. And if you could, hurry it up, because I'm supposed to grow a lung in a half hour.'”
Paul Reiser, 'Babyhood' (1997)
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