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December 13, 2008
Over 100 years ago, the super-wealthy used to play games at their dinner parties. One of the all-time favorites was having a “weigh-in” -- before and after the meal.

They’d gamble large sums of money on who came closest to guessing their after-dinner weight.

This was back in the late 1800s, when only millionaires could afford a scale. They were decorated with ivory, silver and precious emeralds. It took the “middle class” to make them affordable. Then hide the scale in the bathroom. Now your weight is a very private matter. Only you and your doctor really knows that number.