According to sources close to the 20-year-old Michigan State junior, Joseph Tyndall is wearing his iPod and can’t hear you.
“Don’t even bother,” fellow junior Ryan Odom called out to reporters approaching Tyndall. “He can’t hear you.”
Approached anyway, Tyndall himself confirmed his associates remarks.
“WHAT?!” Tyndall asked loudly. “WHAT?! I CAN’T HEAR YOU! I HAVE MY IPOD ON!”
Tyndall has reportedly not been seen without his iPod since receiving it as a gift this past Christmas.
“Why the hell doesn’t he take it off?” Dennis Oakes, a floor mate of Tyndall’s, asked Odom on the quad. “What’s his problem? I mean, what’s he listening to that’s so important? The Pope?”
Later that day at the cafeteria, Tyndall was still wearing his iPod and experiencing difficulty purchasing his lunch.
“WHAT?!” Tyndall yelled. “I SAID I WANT HUSH PUPPIES NOT JO-JOS! NO! WHAT?! THE LITTLE… THE… THE ROUND ONES!”
“I don’t know why he doesn’t take that thing off,” Odom said, shaking his head.
“Maybe the Pope told him to keep it on,” Oakes added.
Drawing stares from the rest of the table, Oakes added defensively, “Sorry. I… I have this thing about the Pope.”
“Dude, you’re Catholic.”
“You know, everyone always assumes that’s why. That’s so unfair.”
Sound expert Gerald Mickens explained a possible reason for Tyndall’s behavior.
“A person can become used to a certain level of noise,” Mickens said. “It’s possible that Mr. Tyndall is now only comfortable with rock music blaring in his ears. To take off his iPod would be leaving his comfort zone.
“My comfort zone, for example, is being in burlap underwear.”
Mickens shifted his weight several times in his chair. “Mmm. So itchy!”