yes… also… when i was a lowly 9th grader, i took oral composition. we had older kids who TAed for us. one of these older kids was laura. sometimes, she demoed her routines for us (i guess you don’t call them “routines” in speech and debate, really, but you forgive me, right?). was it a comedic duo? was your partner olivia? i can’t remember… anyway, there was something about cows, on another planet, and michael jackson being the king of pop, and laura impersonating michael jackson, and then the line “no, not the king of pop, i said the king of [something else that rhymes with _op].”

now, I remember that segment for two reasons. 1) when you first meet laura, you may not expect her to jump into a full-fledged michael jackson impersonation and may be tickled pink when she does. 2) i did not know that michael jackson was known as “the king of pop” and felt shame for having such gaping holes in my knowledge of popular culture.

The end.