I was watching “Tootsie” the other day and enjoying one of my favorite scenes in which Hoffman is consoling a nurse about the abusive Dr. Van Horn.
Tootsie says, “I think I’m going to give every nurse on this floor an electric cattle prod, and just instruct them to zap him in his badoobies.”
It›s been a while since I took Biology, but I think the badoobies are located somewhere between the jibberstoop and the collywaffle.
Of course, I could be confusing this with the mumplepod.
Tootsie’s idea had real merit in the arena of mathematical conditioning.
Humans seem to learn more quickly when the consequences of failure are physically disturbing.
Of course, this doesn’t work if you happen to enjoy electric shock treatment in the badoobies.
I sometimes ask my students if any of them had recently put their hand in a fire. As expected, they give me a strange look and say no. When I ask them, “Why not?” I get even stranger looks and they tell me, “Well, it would hurt!”