USA TODAY College– May 1, 2017
If you don’t like green eggs and ham but you do like a weekend outing to the local bars near Ohio University, you may run into a college student who likes to recite Dr. Seuss stories after the bars close.
Ohio University junior Justin Falkenbach has been reciting these poems outside of bars during finals week– sometimes gathering crowds of up to 300 people.
Falkenbach said he was at a bar Wednesday night after taking a final exam when one of his friends handed him a Dr. Seuss book for open mic night.
“I started to read [to my friend] but the bar was closing, so I was like, ‘Alright, story time outside’,” Falkenbach said. “About 10 people followed me outside and sat down to hear me read The Cat in the Hat.”
He said those 10 or so people soon turned to about 200 people excitedly listening and joining in on the rhymes. Falkenbach said he read all 61 pages of the book.
The next night, Falkenbach said he carried a copy of Green Eggs and Ham with him, and took to the streets for another reading at 2 a.m.
“At least 300 people were there. Apartments nearby started playing music and people were dancing in the streets, so the police showed up and shut it down,” he said.
Finally, Friday night Falkenbach said he read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! for all the graduating seniors who were out for a drink after taking finals.
In addition to achieving Twitter fame within the OU community and even nationally, Falkenbach ended his junior year of college with a bang, saying it was one of his favorite college nights ever.
“It was a good way to end the school year and fun for everyone involved,” Falkenbach said. “I’m not sure if I’ll do it again — maybe I’ll break it back out during finals week again next spring for my senior year. Our university is truly a magical place and I think the randomness of this just solidifies that statement.”