“How many calories are you supposed to eat if you’re on a diet?” he said
“About a thousand. Well, I usually aim for a thousand and come in at about fifteen hundred,” I said, realizing as said it that the last bit wasn’t strictly true.
“A thousand?” said Tom, incredulously. “But I thought you needed two thousand a day just to survive.”
I looked at him nonplussed. I realized I have spent so many years being on a diet that the idea that might actually need calories to survive has been completely wiped out of my consciousness. Have reached point where believe that nutritional ideal is to eat nothing at all and that the only reason people eat is because they are so greedy they cannot stop themselves from breaking out and ruining their diets.
“How many calories in a boiled egg?” Said Tom.
— Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary, p. 257 [Diary Entry: Sunday 5th November]
This to me says more about why Tarantino chose to make a movie set on a slave plantation than anything else. I mean, we all know that n[…] is his favourite word.