But I wore the juice!

Here’s a fabulous way to start a research paper.
In 1995, McArthur Wheeler walked into two Pittsburgh banks and robbed them in broad daylight, with no visible attempt at disguise. He was arrested later that night, less than an hour after videotapes of him taken from surveillance cameras were broadcast on the 11 o’clock news. When police later showed him the surveillance tapes, Mr. Wheeler stared in incredulity. “But I wore the juice,” he mumbled. Apparently, Mr. Wheeler was under the impression that rubbing one’s face with lemon juice rendered it invisible to videotape cameras.
The paper in question, Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments is a great read. Personally, I have my nose rubbed in the evidence of my own ineptitude often enough that I hope that I’m not in the category of people the authors study. That said, “but I wore the juice!” has now become my catch-all excuse for error.
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5 comments on “But I wore the juice!
  1. random planet haskell reader says:

    I think I too will adopt this delightful phrase.

    Also, I am reminded of a quote I have seen attributed to H. L. Mencken: “A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married”

  2. Andy says:

    That’s awe inspiring.

  3. rone says:

    I feel like i’ve been wearing the juice for the last 10 years of my professional career.

  4. Itkovian says:

    I think I’m just living in a bubble of juice.

  5. Justin says:

    I “am” the juice

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