Part of my text-writing pleasure is interjecting playful thoughts and tongue-in-cheek one-liners that students seem to enjoy: “Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?” (If I don’t enjoy writing—assuming psychology teaching can offer both wisdom and wit—then who will enjoy reading?)
As part of my, um, “executive time,” I occasionally visit Reddit’s Showerthoughts—first for delight but also for inspiration. To quote the website, a showerthought is a spontaneous “miniature epiphany that makes the mundane more interesting. . . . Showerthoughts can be funny, poignant, thought-provoking, or even just silly, but they should always prompt people to say ‘Huh, I’ve never thought about it that way before!’”
Some Showerthought examples:
Your stomach thinks all potato is mashed.
We don’t wash our hands, our hands wash each other.
Someone coined the term “coin the term.”
If you are the best barber in town, you know you can't get the best haircut.
The "b" in subtle is subtle.
In a nutshell, an acorn is an oak tree.
A lot of people die in their living rooms.
The two worst prison sentences are life and death.
If you swap the W’s in Where? What? and When? with T’s, you end up with their answers.
Tea is just a fancy way of saying leaf soup.
Everything in the entire universe either is or isn't a potato.
For your further pleasure, here are some psychology-relevant examples, each from Showerthoughts or inspired by one-liners that I encountered there. Perhaps (after my editors trim the merely silly) some of these musings will leaven our future editions?
Sleep: To fall asleep, fake it till you make it.
Loneliness: The world is full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.