Sunday, March 26, 2023

The Stupid Questions Series: Maurice & Carissa

Xie Yihui
Yihui (Class of 23) is the editor-in-chief at The Octant. She enjoys losing herself in nature, a movie, a book or a conversation.

Story by | Xie Yihui, she/her, Editor in Chief
Photo credit | Edge of Existence

Is cereal soup? Why or why not?

  • Maurice: Sure. I mean, it is liquid with some stuff in it. 
  • Carissa: Is that the scientific answer, Maurice? 
  • Maurice: I mean I’m trying to think about what [is classified as] soup. That’s what scientists do. 
  • Carissa: I think you drink it with a bowl and you use the spoon, so yes. 

Should you bite or lick your ice cream?

  • Carissa: Lick. 
  • Maurice: Why not both? It depends on how you feel that day. Sometimes I feel like biting, sometimes licking. 
  • Carissa: I think if it’s smooth ice cream, you can lick, but if it’s an ice cream that’s got bits in it, then you can bite into it. Like Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough. 

What kind of secret society would you like to start?

  • Carissa: Can I join a secret society? I would like to join those 90s Hong Kong gangs as they are portrayed on the film, not the real ones. They go to the street and wreak havoc. 
  • Maurice: I know too much about Hong Kong gangsters, so no. 

Is peeling chicken nuggets justifiable?

  • Maurice: I know people peel chicken skin so I see that for chicken nuggets as well. 
  • Carissa: I don’t know. I am vegan. 
  • Maurice: I am pretty sure there are vegan chicken nuggets, right?
  • Carissa: Then no. The skin is the best part. 

If you could replace all of the grass in the world with something else, what would it be and why?

  • Carissa: I like it. I wouldn’t.
  • Maurice: I would say fake grass. As a plant biologist, I know the importance of its ecological function but I like the look as well. Well, of course [it] won’t have the ecological functions so it probably won’t work. 

Is Pad Thai a Thai version of Char Kway Teow?

  • Carissa: No. In my head, Char Kway Teow has cockles in it, but Pad Thai cannot have cockles. 
  • Maurice: It is just seafood, right? Pad Thai can have seafood. I don’t care, all that fried stuff for me is the same. 
  • Carissa: I think, also, the width of the rice noodles for Pad Thai is way thinner than Char Kway Teow. 
  • Maurice: Fairs. I mean they are just variations of the same thing, like Hong Kong has its version of Beef Hor Fun. 
  • Carissa: No… I am protective of Char Kway Teow. 

If animals could talk, which species would be the rudest of them all?

  • Maurice: Humans. 
  • Carissa: Tapirs. I just went to the zoo and I could not find it so I feel that it was hiding from me. It has very sneaky eyes so it looks like it’s trying to side-eye you all the time. [It might be the rudest] if it speaks with you… It might not even speak with you. 

What is the worst thing that a person can put on their bio on a dating app?

  • Carissa: Inappropriate emojis like 🖕. Or a pretentious quotation from someone—you are hiding behind a persona. 
  • Maurice: I don’t know because different people like different things. And I lack experience. 
  • Carissa: You can use imagination to make up for the lack of experience, Maurice. 
  • Maurice: That’s the thing, I lack imagination AND experience. Maybe a weird hair color? But I also have a weird hair color XD.


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