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Someone, I don’t know who, is living with me in my house. The clues of this person’s existence are subtle—a sip of milk here, a slice of bread there—but nonetheless detectable. Such is my concern that I have taken to measuring and weighing some of the items in my fridge before I leave for the office in the mornings. In the evenings, when I return, I weigh and measure the same foods. The evidence is there in plain view: the mature cheddar cheese I keep in a Tupperware tub is considerably lighter; the half-loaf of wholewheat bread is now a…

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