Friday, 19 December 2008

Short Funny Rhyming Poems

Welcome to another poem in the short funny rhyming poems series

Princess Celt

Once, a king’s daughter.
Had a problem to solve
Whatever Princess Celt touched
Would simply dissolve.

No matter what; metal, wood, stone,
Anything she touched would diffuse.
The king was desperate to help.
He needed a ruse

Said the best of magicians
Who found the cure, by and by
“She should touch just one thing
That doesn’t liquefy”

So the king held a competition ,
The prize was his treasure
The winner would marry Celt
And be rich beyond measure

The first suitor had a sword
Which he brandished aloft
She just touched it quite lightly
It went squidgy and soft

The second brought diamonds.
What’s harder than they?
She just cupped them lightly
And they melted away

The third said "Put your hand in my pocket
Feel there, dear Celt
She felt something hard
But it didn’t melt

He married the Princess
He had something to sate her
What he had in his pants?
I’ll tell you that later

when I return to the Princess Celt poem in the Short Funny Rhyming Poems series

For now, I want to talk more about the American foodstuff giant Mars Inc and their, once, strange, for no apparent reason, habit of giving different brand names to the same product depending on where it was being sold. Remember the Snickers/Marathon silliness

This story starts with Smarties, a product made by the British company Rowntrees, now part of Nestles

Forrest Mars Sr, the son of the founder of Mars Inc, saw soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, eating Smarties
Along with R. Bruce Murrie who had a 20% stake, Mars purchased the rights. They had to introduce them to the US market with a different name because there was already a candy product sold in the States under the name of Smarties.

To identify their new brand, they combined the initials of their last names: M & M.
M&M's were first sold in the United States in 1941. By World War II, which didn’t start in the US until 1943, American soldiers were given the candy by the United States Army because they were a convenient snack that travelled well in any climate; Shortly after this it was marketed to the public.
M&M's soon became a hit. Chocolate versions weren’t introduced into the UK then because Smarties had the market sown up but peanut M&Ms were introduced, probably in the 1950s. Bizarrely they were called Treets (also in France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands ) until 1990 when they were sensibly re-branded as M&Ms.

A frequent argument/debate when World Citizens “meet” on the web is what was (is) the name of the sweet (candy)

that melts, not in the hands, but…
“melts in the mouth”

When touched by warm hands
It simply won’t melt

It was, of course,


Young Princess Celt,


which is a true story, by the way.

Would I lie?

Jon Bratton 2008
(My short funny rhyming poems are based on jokes by unknown persons)


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1 comment:

global coworker said...

A man without humour,
will probably get a tumour.
So lets have a good laugh
and we will feel better by half!