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I could never figure out why Mrs. Sprat was unable to eat any lean meat. If she spent a lifetime eating nothing but the fat she would certainly damage her arteries and have problems with obesity. That would mean that Mr. Sprat would be the healthier of the two and should survive longer. But, statistically, women outlive men regardless of health fads, so I'm supposing Jack didn't last as long as his wife (notice that Mother Goose doesn't give you her name, only Jack's).

JACK SPRAT

Jack Sprat

Could eat no fat,

His wife could eat no lean;

And so,

Betwixt them both,

They licked the platter clean.

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