White on rice
|When Krispy Kreme Donuts opened their first shop in Boston this summer, the locals were on it like white on rice.|
While most people may figure that this must be a regional phrase due to the obvious ethnical ties of rice, while researching, I learned that it is actually more associated with opportunist politics than anything else.
'Like white on rice' dates from the early-mid eighties, but it got its most famous use in the mid nineties. That’s when Sharon Stone said that if Bill Clinton had not been married, she would have “been on him like white on rice.” I imagine Bill was delighted to hear about Sharon's recent decision to divorce.
"Like white on rice" is in the lyrics to Sonny Boy Williamson's song "I Want to Get Close to You", recorded some time between 1960 and 1964.
Other similar expressions are better known. For example, most people are familiar with the vintage phrase 'like a cat on a hot tin roof' (nervous) from the Tennessee Williams play and anyone who didn’t know 'like a bat out of hell' (fast) learned it like a bat out of hell in 1977 when the once-famous singer Meatloaf released a hit album of the same name.
Other than unrelated anecdotes and red herrings, this article tells us absolutely nothing.