A mime was scheduled to do a show in front of a large audience of VIP types. Unfortunately, he developed a bad cough the day before his show and he was panic stricken because this performance was a huge break for his career and he simply couldn't cancel it.
In desperation, he went to the local health food store and asked for something for his cough. The clerk suggested that he make thyme tea and put a cinnamon stick in it. Surprisingly enough, the concoction worked perfectly and gave birth to the expression . . .
"a stick in thyme saves mime."