When life gives you lemons …

“When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic!”

Gin & Tonic Lemon Chopping Board

This philosophical phrase, which is an allegory for maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity, was first coined by Confucius during the capture of Shandong Province when the Zhou Dynasty, known for their militant use of fruit during the easier campaigns, pelted the town of Qufu with lemons.

The phrase was next used by Friedrich Nietzsche in his book ‘Beyond Good n Tipsy’, where he expounds upon which mixers go best with which spirits. He later, however, admitted that because his wife was a teetotaler the book was written purely as an excuse to get drunk.

In 1915, Elbert Hubbard used an altered form of the phrase in an obituary for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder. Notorious hit-and-miss psychic Hubbard foresaw the criminalisation of alcohol during the dark days of prohibition, along with the future carbonisation of soft drinks, and shrewdly changed the phrase.

This version, however, goes back to the original. Viva Absurdity!

Gin & Tonic Lemon Chopping Board

This Gin & Tonic Lemon Chopping Board, is branded with fire into a piece of rubberwood measuring 9.5 by 6.5 inches and just under half an inch deep.

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