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    Three Obsessive Compulsives And One Oedipus Complex To Go

    | Utrecht, Netherlands |

    Me: “Hi there, how can I help you?”

    Student: “I want to get a sample.”

    Me: “A sample of what?”

    Student: “What have you got?”

    Me: “What do you need it for? For class?”

    Student: “Yeah, for class.”

    Me: “Which class?”

    Student: “Social Sciences.”

    Me: “I’m not aware of any requirements for that class. Do you have it written down somewhere?”

    (The student looks through her bag and produces a piece of paper. She hands it to me.)

    Me: “This is an assignment to set up a small psychological experiment.”

    Student: “Yes! And I need a sample.”

    Me: “Do you mean participants? You want me to get you participants?”

    Student: “Yeah, the teacher said about 30 should do. Do they come to my place or do I have to get them from here?”

    Me: “I’m afraid that’s not how it works. You have to find participants on your own.”

    Student: “What? That’s ridiculous! Isn’t it enough that I do all the science?”