Paul found this hysterical web site in which people compress their whole thesis or dissertation into a single sentence. Here are a few samples:
I don’t know what genes are responsible for guiding zebrafish embryos to grow into mature fish, but I killed thousands of them to find out. (Biology, Northeastern University)
If you want to get drugs directly into your brain, then drill a hole in your head. (Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto)
Democracy would work a whole lot better if we weren’t so, you know, human. (Political Science, Rutgers)
You can make spacetime do all kinds of wonderful things, and all you have to do is get rid of the conservation of energy. (Physics, Tufts University)
Trust your gut, except when your gut is being an asshole, which can be really hard to tell, but do your best. (Philosophy, Western University)
Here’s mine, now submitted:
It’s not luck; it’s you.
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