"Research carried out at the University of Southampton has concluded that participants in drug trials should be better informed about the potential significant benefits and possible side-effects of placebos."
Now, I don't want to knock placebos. An oncologist invented that flower essences thingamagiggy because of the research coming out on the positive effects of placebos, and he had nothing better.
But I really wish they hadn't brought up the possible side-effects of placebos, because now I KNOW I'm going to suffer from them, hypochondriac that I am.
At any rate, when I found out about this research, I laughed out loud, and that's worth something.
I sent a postcard to my sister this week that said "Does this postcard smell funny?"
What does funny smell like, anyway? Certainly that postcard!