“You’re kidding, Jack. That’s what you want to do for our midterm project?”
Paul groaned. “Really?”
Marco was the first to really be on board with the idea. “Actually,” he said, his slight Italian accent softening the other student’s name, “Zhack may be on to something. The women’s team – they used a Ouija board for their first round.”
“They were debunking it, though,” Kazuo pointed out. “They were proving that the planchette is controlled by the group’s ideomotor response and not the work of ghosts or spirits.”
“Listen to Kaz,” Jack pleaded. “Kaz, don’t you think this is better than just moving objects or writing rude things on the blackboard?”
“Aww, c’mon,” Yuri piped up. “It’s our one chance to mock the prof and get away with it.”
“No,” Jack countered. “I mean yes, but it would be a cheap shot. This? This has an element of spectacle.”
The men, barely more than boys, really, continued to throw ideas back and forth – beach volleyball! Hot wheels! Making a sandwich! – but they eventually circled back to Jack’s original suggestion.
It took hours of practice, of course, out by the lake, out on the table rock in the college’s arboretum, and once in the dining hall to disastrous effects. And even so, they never managed to rotate the group target into a horizontal position.
Still, on presentation day it was agreed that the men’s team’s use of applied kinesiology to play the old party game “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” was both clever and innovative.
Jack made sure that they credited his little sister Amy for the idea.
And he never again grumbled about chaperoning her slumber parties.