Updating Proverbs #1

"When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other" goes the Chinese proverb.
Whoever wrote this proverb needs to get themselves a reality check. Realistically if you have two pennies you aren't going to be able to buy bread - even something like asda's own brand bread is going to cost you more than that - and lillies, when was the last time this guy had to buy flowers? And even if you could buy these items for a penny each - why? Ok so you've got yourself some dry bread, that's a good start, some food - what is going to go well with that? A flower? So you're holding a flower, eating dry bread - I don't see a great improvement on where you were before. And bees - surely bees will be attracted to the flower, so now you've gone from having two pennies to eating dry bread whilst being attacked by bees. That doesn't sound very wise. If you've got bread, then surely the other thing you should be buying is some butter. Or soup, or jam. Then you have at least got yourself some semblance of a meal, plus you don't have the hassle of trying to hold a flower while you're eating.
Summing up then, a more useful, updated proverb might be "When you only have two pounds, buy some bread with one and some butter with the other, and if you have any left over get some cheap jam". Job done.

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