My all-time favourite comedy is the short-lived British TV series, Fawlty Towers. And my favourite episode was titled “The Kipper and the Corpse” – a painfully funny story that starts off with the hotel manager (played by John Cleese) serving breakfast in bed to a guest that he doesn’t notice has died.
Interestingly, for those following a low-carb diet to manage type-1 diabetes, is the types of breakfasts the guests ordered back in 1979… One lady ordered eggs. Her dog wolfed down some spicy sausages. The corpse (the night before he died) had ordered kippers. And there’s a funny scene with another guest, a physician, who becomes increasingly frustrated that he is not being served his breakfast: “I’m a doctor,” he bellows, “and I want my sausages!”
So next time you lament passing up on OJ, a sugary cereal and a doughy bagel for breakfast, it may be worth remembering that this wasn’t always the norm. To see for yourself (or get a good laugh) you can watch this classic piece of Briitsh comedy on YouTube.
Thinking Outside the T1D Matrix,
–John C. A. Manley