We received a pretty standard e-mail recently that included the following sentence:
“We will be using experimental economic sand psychology to explore the motivations behind …”
Wow, I thought — that sounds interesting: experimental economic sand psychology. I wonder how that works. Is each subject given a pile of sand and asked to create a sand castle that represents his or her view of capitalism? Or maybe each subject bids on a variety of piles of sand in an auction/game theory setting?
And then I read it again. Oh. It was supposed to read “experimental economics and psychology,” not “economic sand psychology.”
Never mind. Into the trash bin.