Muggeridge’s Law posits that there is no way that satire can compete with real life for its pure absurdity. But in the 1990s, NBC’s Seinfeld sitcom certainly gave the law a run for its money. In episode #85, The Hamptons, the following exchange occurred:
George: I was supposed to see her. She wasn’t supposed to see me.
Jerry: So what?
George: Well ordinarily I wouldn’t mind. But…
George: Well I just got back from swimming in the pool. And the water was cold…
Jerry: Oh… You mean… shrinkage.
George: Yes. Significant shrinkage!
Jerry: So you feel you were short changed.
George: Yes! I mean, if she thinks that’s me she’s under a complete misapprehension. That was not me, Jerry. That was not me.
While Seinfeld is no longer a part of the NBC lineup, the spirit of the show obviously lives on at the network and its offshoots, as this MSNBC headline demonstrates:
Polar bear genitals shrinking due to pollution
Shrinkage could endanger animals with already low reproduction rate
Other than George–who knew?
And evidently, these guys apparently have already suffered significant shrinkage. Not to mention, significant airbrushing.