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The Michigan Daily -

Random fails her Caic exam

By Doug Wernert
Daily TV/New Media Editor
The Michigan Daily: Hi, is Kelly
there?
Random: This is Kelly.
TMD: Hi Kelly, I'm calling from the
Michigan Daily and you've been selected
to do this week's random student inter-
view.
R: Oh great. How long with this take?
TMD: It was take as long as it takes.
Shouldn't you just be willing to do this?
R: All right, fine.
TMD: Here we go, first question: Are
you excited for Thanksgiving?
R: Yes.
TMD: What are you thankful for?
R: Um ... family, friends, I don't know.
Do you want something interesting?
TMD: Yeah, aren't you thankful for
the Daily?
R: Yeah, of course.
TMD: Why are you thankful for the
Daily?
R: I don't know ... I don't really read
it, sorry.
TMD: You don't read the Daily? Do
you still want to do this interview?
R: I don't think you want me to do this
interview.
TMD: I think I do want you to do this
interview. Do you even know what this
is?
R: No
TMD: It's an interview that appears in
the Daily so maybe if you read it, you can
read yourself doing the interview.
R: OK, well, I'm thankful for dorm
food.

TMD: Why?
R: Because I can eat it?
TMD: Yeah, but then you can be thank-
ful for air, then, so you could breathe.
R: Well, I'm thankful for that, too!
TMD: Are you going to the Thanks-
giving Day parade in Detroit?
R: No, but I was in it a couple years
ago!
TMD: What did you do?
R: I danced.
TMD: Were you on a float?
R: No, I walked the whole way. Is that
the end of the questions?
TMD: Of course not. That wouldn't
have been much of an interview.
R: Well, I have a calculus exam tomor-
row so I have to study.
TMD: Well, I understand that, but you
wanted to do this interview.
R: I didn't want to do it! You wanted
me to do it!
TMD: But you agreed! What's the
better grade-school make-out game:
spin the bottle or seven minutes in
heaven?
R: Spin the bottle. We never actually
did seven minutes in heaven when we
were in grade school.
TMD: Why not? Could nobody make
out for seven minutes?
R: I guess not. I guess I came from a
very innocent town, apparently.
TMD: Or a town that didn't feel like
making out for extended periods of time.
Who's the cooler old guy: the Planter's
peanut guy or the Kentucky Fried Chick-
en guy?
R: The Kentucky Fried Chicken guy.
TMD: Because he's the colonel?

R: Basically. Plus, I don't really know
who the Planter's peanut guy is.
TMD: He's the guy on the cover of the
can.
R: I don't eat Planter's that much.
TMD: Do you eat KFC?
R: Yeah, who doesn't?
TMD: I don't.
R: Well, you're really not cool.
TMD: I'm not cool because I don't eat
chicken?
R: Well, I have to study for calculus
and you're making me take this survey.
TMD: It's not a survey, it's an inter-
view! Who's the cooler Fred: Fred Flint-
stone or Fred Durst?
R: Fred Flintstone. Because of, you
know, the vitamins.
TMD: I once OD'd on Fred Flintstone
vitamins when I was a little kid. True
story.
R: I believe it. That was last week,
wasn't it?
TMD: No ... I was 6. What did you
want to be when you were a little kid?
R: I wanted to be a doctor.
TMD: Not if you fail calculus.
R: If you don't let me study, I am.
TMD: All right, we'll just keep going
then. What's your favorite Disney movie?
R: "Lilo and Stitch," hands down."
TMD: I guess that's pretty good. I'm a
fan of "The Lion King" myself.
R: Close second.
TMD: Why didn't Hakuna Matata
become a huge mainstream catch phrase?
R: It did! Our senior class this year
voted that as their motto!
TMD: Aren't they about five years too
late on that one?
R: Haha, I don't know.
TMD: That's understandable. If you
had a choice between a Hakuna Matata
shirt and a Buck the Fuckeyes shirt, which
one would you get?
R: Hakuna Matata.
TMD: Awww, that's so nice of you.
R: Well I'm a nice person to be doing'

this survey.
TMD: It's an interview! Are you on
The Facebook?
R: No, I'm a loser. I should be on it.
TMD: Have you heard about the thing
where you can say you're looking for Ran-
dom Play?
R: Yes, I have.
TMD: Yeah, aren't you a little freaked
out by it?
R: Yeah, I tell my friends not to ask
them to be their friends.
TMD: Ouch. But who doesn't want a
little random play?
R: Haha, not really sure.
TMD: Are you a fan of "The O.C?"
R: No, but my hall is.
TMD: So you're not on The Facebook
and you're not a fan of "The O.C."
R: My chemistry group always plans
their meetings right when "The O.C." is
on.
TMD: What kind of group is that?
R: I don't know. They suck! They plan
them during "The Bachelor," too.
TMD: Cool. Do you think old people
ever drag race each other?
R: Oh yeah.
TMD: How fast do you think they go?
Like 30 miles an hour?
R: I'd say 60 would be a safer esti-
mate.
TMD: That's how fast I drive nor-
mally.
R: But you're not old.
TMD: Well, not yet.
R: Are you really going to put me in the
newspaper?
TMD: I just might.
R: Well, I sound kind of ignorant, don't
I?
TMD: Yeah, but you're perfect. Go
study for your exam.
R: OK, I'll look for myself in the paper
I don't read.
TMD: Yeah, maybe you should read it
this Thursday.
R: OK!

table of contents
The Random
Student Interview
W Icometo
JLJ Wet roltt
Exploring the
Train Station
Music from
Motown
House Art: The
Heidelberg story
Restoring
Detroit 'U' Style
0jjCruisin'
Woodward
Andrew Gaerig
goes to the
movies
Adam Rosen:
Love, war
and housing
Eating in
the city
be Aiga afitg
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