Every grain of rice you don't eat will be a pockmark on your face when you grow up.But what really piqued my interest was that they didn't say that to her brother. To him they said,
Every grain of rice you don't eat will be a pockmark on your wife's face when you grow up.Ah, the gender politics of grain consumption.
I came across two more when reading Maeve O'Meara's Food Safari yesterday. From Vietnam we have:
Every grain of rice you waste becomes a maggot that you have to eat in Hell.Ingenious, not only because of the rice=maggot image that lingers in your mind for far too long, especially if you eat rice regularly, but because of the inbuilt assumption that you're going to Hell anyway.
And from Japan we have:
Be careful when washing rice - if even one grain goes down the drain, you'll go blind.At first glance this really ups the ante - blindness for just one grain! But in my opinion it's misguided. Once that first grain is lost by accident - and accidents happen - further losses are insufficiently disincentivized.
If any of you were threatened in brutal or baroque ways by your parents for wasting rice, I'd like to hear about it. Please, for the sake of future generations, speak up!