The chocolate teapot

chocolate_tpotGiles Fraser opined (13 Jul 07) that “General Synod is as mission-shaped as a chocolate teapot.”

Startling simile that. I’d never heard it before. But apparently “as useful as a chocolate teapot” is an established idiom, not that we are talking about disestablishement here.

I even found a test: S. Bradshaw, et. al. An Appraisal of the Utility of a Chocolate Teapot. Plokta 23 [Volume 6 Number 2] May 2001.