Thursday, March 02, 2006

Q: How do you know your college is weird?

A: Suppose, for instance, that in the wee hours of the morning a bike is discovered outside a popular student eatery. Let's just say for the sake of argument that it is the morning of Thursday, March 2. The bike has a sticker on it that bears the words, "This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb." The appropriate authorities are summoned, the surrounding streets and buildings are closed, and the experts dismantle the bike in the course of discovering that it is not, in fact, a pipe bomb.

The owner of the bike comes forward later and explains to the authorities that "This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb" is the name of a Florida band. They are TBIAPB for short, and they even have a website. The world is a very strange place.

This was all according to one of the editors of the student newspaper, who spoke his piece in my reporting class today when he heard some of the other kids discussing the nebulous rumors floating around about the incident. Hurray for Ohio University! All I can say is that someone should call Dave Barry and tell him to add to his famous file of "Great Names for a Rock Band."

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