We'd probably like to think of ourselves in most situations as being insusceptible to petty attempts to distract us from the real issue at hand.
And that is probably true - until it comes to cats.
As Julian Assange began a three-day interview at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over a sexual assault allegation, a cat - thought to be his - made a rather dapper appearance at the window dressed in a collar and tie.
And people were lapping it up.
This isn't its first taste of the limelight though - the cat, like almost anything in 2016, has its own Twitter account with a whopping 22,000 followers.
However, some people were less than impressed that a dressed-up cat was successfully serving as a distraction from the very serious matter going on inside the building.