My friend D found the following snippet in a magazine recently:
True or false?
Just looking at cake can help you to lose weight.
True, according to Dutch psychologists who found that women shown photos of a chocolate cake chose healthier oatmeal biscuits afterwards, while those shown photos of flowers preferred chocolate biscuits.
A quick straw poll amongst my friends revealed they thought this research is seriously flawed: they’d take the chocolate cake every time, thank you very much. Mind you, perhaps being out amongst the flowers every day might explain why our esteemed Commissar has a daily packet of Jaffa Cakes.