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Recently I was talking to my friend on the phone, when I casually used the phrase, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

She instantly wanted to know how anyone got to eat cake if you couldn’t have it and eat it. Apparently this expression has escaped her notice until now, or else no one has been able to answer it for her.

She knew exactly who could answer random questions about cake.

I told her you can eat cake you don’t have. Basically, you have to steal cake if you want to eat it. That way it’s not yours to have and you can eat it.

She immediately replied that she had to go, her husband was holding a cupcake.

My last bit of wisdom to her was to be stealthy. If you steal the cupcake and then he steals it back, he gets to eat it.

a picture of Twinkies with the caption

People say these are fake cake, so you can have them AND eat them without all the theft involved with real cake.

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