So, in Schoolin' School, we were talking about the various sorts of positive reinforcers teachers can use to reward good behavior from students. We discussed the usual fare: stickers, pencils, etc. Then the professor said, "You know, I have a teacher friend who swears by pickles—the big ones you buy in the giant jars."
I immediately thought, "That's so weird. That's exactly what Wheeler said." (He once, for some reason, had a pickle-in-a-bag with him. It was one student's birthday. Wheeler gave the kid the pickle, which much to his surprise, caused an immediate furor from all the other envious students who hadn't gotten pickles on their birthdays.)
And since then I've heard—literally—something like half-a-dozen different teachers all independently say things along the lines of, "You know, it's weird. The kids will do anything for pickles. They go crazy for them."**
Pickles? Pickles. Is that a local thing? (I'm thinking it's got to be.) Far-flung pedagogists, please edu-ma-cate me.
* Hopelessly obscure? Reasonably transparent? Please tell me.
** I sympathize. I'm rather fond of pickles myself.