The Otaku Kid

Sunday on the bus, there was a kid with a buzz cut and wire rim glasses, playing a video game on a PSP and listening to the sound effects on headphones. He had on a sweatshirt that advertised DC Talk. DC Talk is a Christian rap/rock group that started in the 1980s and split up a long time ago. When his stop came, he (not really a kid, 20 probably) got up and put on another sweatshirt, this one displaying, across his shoulders, “Otaku Kid.”

I remembered seeing DC Talk from an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, but had no idea what Otaku Kid means. So I looked it up and I still don’t know. Something Japanese. I’m fairly certain there’s nothing ironic or tongue in cheek about this kid, or any part of his outfit. Rock on DC Talk, and never stop playing Otaku Kid.


Sara was telling me about a college she read about recently that was holding an unusual psych experiment. A lot of the time, college freshmen are required to take part in some kind of grad student experiment as part of their credit. At this school, they were testing the effectiveness of the Heimlich maneuver. Freshmen were paid $500 to intentionally choke on something and get Heimliched. If the maneuver didn’t work, doctors had a syringe of muscle relaxers that would deconstrict the throat. Sara said it was something like 90 percent successful.

I was trying to look up how exactly how effective the maneuver is, and found that recently, doctors began recommending “backslaps” as the first resort, then the Heimlich. I also found that the following people have been saved by the Heimlich: Cher, Former President Ronald Reagan, Ed Koch, Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, Carrie Fisher, Dick Vitale, and News anchor John Chancellor. I wouldn’t participate in this study for any less than $3,000.

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