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Opening Arguments

The Gore Effect

So what are you people thinking, that there are "fast food" offsets?

If you're feeling virtuous about the sandwich you've ordered at a fast-food restaurant, you'll probably grab some chips, cookies and a soda, too.

"There's a health halo that surrounds a lot of the foods at restaurants like Subway that leads people to overeat on side dishes and grossly underestimate the number of calories they consume," says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, N.Y.

A Stephen Wright one-liner: "For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out."  Not that funny these days.