“Does This Teapot Make Me Look Fat?”

Ever wonder how many marriages were broken up by one spouse giving the wrong answer to the other spouse asking “Does this [insert clothing item here] make me look fat?” (Usually, this is a woman asking a man, but you never know…) Well, imagine being asked “Does this teapot make me look fat?” What could that possibly mean, and how could someone give an answer that didn’t put him or her on the hotseat (or in the proverbial doghouse)?

The perfect shape! (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
The perfect shape! (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

The only thing I can think that the person asking this could have meant was if holding a teapot made her look fat. Sort of makes sense. Most teapots are short and squat, so if you’re holding one, and if your basic shape is the same, the teapot could go a bit of a ways toward emphasizing that shape. Thus, a teapot could make you look fat.

However, the inquirer here could have meant something more obscure, such as does drinking tea, that is touted by some to help you lose weight, imply that you think you are fat and need to lose weight? A bit of a stretch, but it’s amazing how some folks’ minds work.

There are some tall, relatively thin teapots, but they are more for serving than steeping, which ends up being done by the stunt-double teapot. The shape of a teapot is designed to optimize steeping conditions when using loose leaf teas. The leaves get to spread out and open. Even the fannings and dust style teas can more fully infuse when steeped loose in one of these short, squat pots (that definitely don’t make you look fat).

Plus, there are many flavored teas out there that can take the place of those holiday desserts and thereby help you lose weight or keep from gaining it. A few examples:

Drink a few of these, and when you ask someone “Does this teapot make me look fat,” they will say, “No way!”

Happy Holidays!

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