Friday Fixat10ns: Georgetown Day

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As today marks the one week mark til our favorite holiday, GEORGETOWN DAY, 4E has crafted the ultimate pump up playlist.

Play it while you study, while you drink or maybe even on actual Georgetown Day! The limits are endless.

1.Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson (feat Bruno Mars). While this song is annoyingly popular, there is no better song to start of the day!

2. Four Five Seconds- Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney. Three of the best artists, one song…. how could you get any better?

3. Love Me Like You Do- Ellie Goulding. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

4. Geronimo- Sheppard. This is personally my goto workout song, but it also is the most epic pregame to anything.

5. Summer- Calvin Harris. Cause it’s almost summer and there is nothing better!

6. Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon. Could be renamed shut up and rage with 4E.

7. Ghost- Ella Henderson. We keep, going to the lawn to rage. And we can’t contain how excited we are.

8. Santeria- Sublime. This song just reminds me of driving around, with the top down and my hair all in the wind (name that movie).

9. I Love It- Icona Pop (feat Charli XCX). This song sums up Georgetown Day freshman year and just brings back all the memories.

10. Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show. Is there any other way to end a playlist, party or study sesh?!

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Meet the Professors: Manus Patten

Meet the ProfsFor the first installment of “Meet the Professors” I got to interview Biology Professor Manus Patten. He currently teaches Foundations of Biology II (Bio 104), but in past semesters he has taught Genetic Conflicts, Genetics and Evolution.

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What is your focus within the field of Biology?
Evolutionary theory and genetics.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?
When I’m teaching I feel like I’m actually doing something useful, you know, like I’m contributing something. I actually feel useful for a change.

What attracted you to Georgetown?
I was looking for a job in D.C. and Georgetown was advertising one. I’m lucky to have a job at a good university.

What’s your favorite thing about Georgetown?
The students. That’s easy. That’s not bullsh*t either – I feel like we have job candidates coming through who ask what it’s like to teach here and I just say the students are great. You’re actually teaching when you’re teaching here. I have complaints about teaching, but I can’t air those to my friends at other universities because it’s really not fair. The students are really good.

What are your thoughts on Georgetown Day?
I used to sometimes call my mother when I had too many drinks in college, and the next day I would call to apologize. And my mom would just say, “It’s okay, it’s just nice to be thought of.” So if people still come to class on Georgetown Day, it’s a nice thing because they could be doing a bunch of other things. I’m quite warmed by their presence, however inebriated they are. Then a part of me – I get really nostalgic because it’s a nice spring day and everyone’s having fun and I’m in my professor clothes and I just want to join them.

Does any particular day in lecture stand out to you – something a student said or did?
Honestly when I’m lecturing I have no idea what anyone’s going through. Sometimes after class someone will complain that the back of the room was really hot but I didn’t notice. A student could say, “I can’t believe that person got up and left with a bloody finger!” and I honestly would have no idea that happened. One time a couple years back I gave a lecture on my research, which is on genomic researching, and it had been advertised in the catalog handout. I gave the example of a tigon and a liger and it was one slide for an hour just to make the point. And one woman was really pressing me after the lecture about a liger. “Are the ligers real?” Sure enough, I got a real weirdo.

What do you do outside of Georgetown?
I go home, and I have a one-year-old. Every day is basically the same. I usually get home in time for dinner and bath, and then put her to bed. Then I hang out with my wife.

Favorite memory of college?
I really enjoyed the senior week right before we graduated.

If you could have any celebrity do a guest lecture, who would it be?
David Foster Wallace, the writer, and I would make him talk to the science students about writing and then about life.

If you could be any organism what would you be?
Maybe a ginkgo – they’re tall, they’re really good-looking and they’ve been around forever so they’re tested. Every year they produce these fruit-like seedpods and they stink. So if someone has it coming, you get to even the score once a year. But only females have the seedpods, so I guess I’d be a female ginkgo.

Any advice to students on how to make the most of their time in college?
I got lucky – I was coddled in college by a few professors because I took an interest in what they were doing. I think that’s rare. Mark Edmundson in his book “Why Teach?” said that if you just spend time with people who reflect your own interests back to you, it’s impossible to grow. So I guess seek out “uncool” professors – find out how it’s possible for someone to be so interested in something that you’re not. I think in college there were a lot of subjects that I wrote off because I thought they were silly and boring, but I realize now that someone thinks they’re interesting. So the key would be to find out from them what it is. That’s the point of a university – on campus you get a chance to talk to somebody about what it’s like to be him or her. It’s just not about a transfer of content, which is what online classes are doing. Part of me is sickened by the idea of moving content online and having that be “college.” But college is not the content – it’s the other stuff.

As you can see, Dr. Patten is a really great professor. He cares about his students and his research and is obviously very interested in learning. Look out for him as you wander through Regents or when you’re picking your future courses!

Want to enter your favorite teacher?

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Best of 4E: 2014 Edition

Best of 2014

2014 is over! That’s right folks, another year has come and gone, and what do we have to show for it? Well, in 4E’s case, a bunch of articles. We’ve compiled a list of 4E’s 25 greatest hits written this year, ranked in order of page views. Read on and enjoy:

Georgetown-Themed Pickup LinesAn instant classic. Any of these lines were and are perfect, whether you’re chatting with that hottie in Problem of God or meeting Bill Clinton.

Lau is Soul-CrushingAnd will never not be.

Mr. Georgetown 2014Go back to the article now and change your vote to Thomas Lloyd, so you can say you were right all along.

Embassy Row Trick-or-TreatingCulture and candy, a feast for the brain and the sweet tooth.

Healy Clock Hands Went Bye-ByeUntil they were replaced one day later.

Naming the HealFamStuCentThat’s the nickname we decided on, right?

Georgetown Day EveLess than four months until Georgetown Day 2015!

Second Semester Senior ShenanigansFor all the SWUGs out there.

Tombs Cancels Wine NightSorry, SWUGs.

Things Students Would Never SayNever say never! Someday the HFSC seating will make sense!

JesRes Dorm DeetsHousing Is Coming.

Georgetown Students = Olivia PopeUh, we wish.

Georgetown 2048We know you still play it.

Wills and Kate Come to DCCome back soon, friends!

Georgetown Reacts to FergusonMany extremely insightful words from faculty and students alike.

If a GUSA Campaign Doesn’t Have a Video, Are They Even Running for GUSA? Hint: The answer is no.

Top Hoya Comments EverBecause Internet commenters are the best!

Reiss Pathway Forever In Our HeartsI dreamed a dream in time gone by…

HFSC Open for BusinessBringing another factor into the “Where should I go to study tonight?” game, which inevitably ends in hiding under the covers and watching old “30 Rock” episodes. 

4E Blogger Is Also Georgetown Confessions PhenomHe was written about thrice. THRICE!

Last-Minute CostumesYou’re not fooling anyone with your “Georgetown Student” costume, bud.

Who Stole the Hands? We know it was you, Joey B. Ugh, you’re such a Scorpio!

Which Georgetown Alum Are You? Are you more Patrick Ewing or Nick Kroll? The answer may surprise you!

Concert for Valor MixHeard Ri-Ri and Bruce killed it.

Thanks to all our readers for a wonderful year! Catch you guys in 2015!

Georgetown Saturday: How to Survive

Day After Georgetown Day

‘Twas the day after Georgetown Day, and all through the campus, the students were moaning and crying, “Oh man.”

We sang, we danced and we had a really really really good time.

Georgetown Day is one of the best days of the year but one of the hardest days to recover from.

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Whether you were bumming it in class or passing out on the front lawn on Georgetown Day, Georgetown Saturday is something no Hoya can avoid.

4E understands your pain and has made it our job to help you through the Saturday morning slump.

Your morning probably went a little like this:

8:00 a.m. You get up dying of thirst.

8:05 a.m. You go back to bed.

10:00 a.m. You get up for real.

Do not make any sudden movements. The day after Georgetown Day is always a surprise. You never know what you are going to get. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is move. So take it slow, stay still and contemplate something that does not involve yesterday. Also, do not look at your phone. Your eyes are not ready for the documentation.

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Food: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Call Wisey’s and order a sandwich before 11 a.m. Their food is like magic. Make sure you drink a lot of water and, if you can, down some coffee STAT. You can go to Leo’s, but honestly there is nothing there that will make up for the amazingly greasy food you had the day before.

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Netflix: This is the perfect day to lay in bed and watch a bunch of Netflix. Curl up with your laptop and get ready for that marathon. It’s like Marathon Monday … but better (as in, no movement).

Georgetown University Jazz Fest: Head out to Copley Lawn and let the super chill music wash your troubles away.

Last but not least, read and enjoy the 4E as much as you like. You deserve it, and we are pretty awesome.

Hopefully you are not dead while reading this post. If you are, good luck. Remember, Georgetown Day is only once a year, so you can totally go hard and not worry.

Georgetown Day forever, Hoyas.

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The Many Faces of Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams

Last year, 2AM Club brought their “hip-hop rock alternative” vibe to Georgetown Day – well, the night of. This year, a couple of things have changed.  The invited performer is playing at 9:30 p.m. – at Regents Lawn with indie rock band Stone Cold Fox – and the announcement of his arrival probably came as a great surprise to many of you. We’re talking about Casey Abrams, a singer-musician who placed sixth in American Idol. There are a number of impressive things about Casey, including his very expressive face. Behold: the many faces of Casey.

This is Casey Abrams.

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He was on American Idol.

He impressed the judges with his voice (duh) and with his instrumental abilities.

Born in Texas, Casey spent most of his youth in California.

He majored in music at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

His musical influences include Ray Charles, James Taylor and Frank Sinatra.

Casey released his debut album, Casey Abrams, in June 2012.

The music video for his single “Get Out” features him stalking and dreaming about a woman in New York City.

Casey also released a version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with fellow Idol contestant Haley Reinhart.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Case!

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‘Twas the Night Before Georgetown Day

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T-Minus 1 hour and 23 minutes until Georgetown Day 2014 is upon us and most Hoyas are getting to bed early to prepare for tomorrow’s festivities. We stumbled upon this ingenious status by Ben Maher (SFS ’15) on Facebook and wanted to share its brilliance with the campus. Enjoy!

‘Twas the Night Before Georgetown Day

‘Twas the night before Georgetown Day, when all thro’ Lau 2,
Not a student in sight, they had no work to do;
Hoyas were nestled all snug in their bunks,
Eager to wake up at dawn and get drunk.

Too anxious to sleep, their hearts filled with wonder,
Which among them would be first to chunder;
Salmon shorts hung in the closet with care
In hopes that the keg-and-eggs would soon be there.

And I settled in for some light springtime snoozin’
To catch a little rest ‘fore a long day of boozin’
When on Healy Lawn there arose such a clatter,
I got up and looked to see what was the matter.

Out the window I saw through a blanket of fog
A priest with a mullet, at his feet a bulldog;
I dashed out the door, I couldn’t be quicker,
‘Twas ol’ Johnny Carroll, arms laden with liquor!

The bottles, they clinked and the beer cans, they clanked;
His stumbling gait revealed how much he’d drank;
He put on a bro tank and let out a yell
To be heard from Leo’s to the halls of Darnall.

“Now, André! Now, Franzia! Now, Jack and Jim Beam!
On, Natty! On, Keystone! On, Burnett’s Whipped Cream!”
From the Village A rooftops to White-Gravenor Hall,
Now, drink away! Drink away! Drink away all!”

Then he called me over with a chuckle so hearty
And conjured a vision of the upcoming darty:
There were girls in sundresses splayed out on the lawn;
Freshmen, hunched over toilets, already were gone.

Healy’s grand clock hands bathed in golden rays
While bros stumbled ‘neath in a deep drunken haze;
In ICC classrooms, to professors’ chagrin,
Students sipped out of coffee cups filled all with gin.

And Henle’s ol’ courtyard, so dark and so ratty,
Shone with the luster of crushed cans of Natty;
From up in his tower Jack DeGoia watched
All his happy Hoyas, so free and debauched.

And I knew, feelin’ buzzed in the fair April weather,
How liquor and sun brings the whole school together.
But then Jack the Bulldog gave out a quick bark,
And this glorious vision soon faded to dark.

Johnny Carroll bent down and rubbed the dog’s head,
And before they both vanished, a few words he said;
Grumblin’ and mumblin’ was all that I heard;
He was pretty wasted, his speech was all slurred;
But as to his meaning, well, I have a hunch:
“Happy Georgetown Day to all, and to all a drunk brunch!”

And this version from 2012 by Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14):

‘Twas the night before Georgetown Day, no more a line at Towne
Not a creature was stirring, well maybe a rat at house Brown.
The fridges were stocked, Natty Light all the way,
In hopes that the administration would let us all play.

The students were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of inflatables bounced in their heads.
The security guard in his outfit, and I with my books,
Crossing each other, cold as I shook.

When out on Healy Lawn arose such a clatter,
I sprang from Lauinger to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Peered out of Lau 4 and damn near almost crashed.

Healy Clock on the breast of the new-fallen lawn,
Gave beauty of Georgetown Day past to objects thereon.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a wonderful keg and a beer garden, don’t fear!

With a little old tap, so sturdy and quick,
I knew in a moment this was very ironic.
More rapid than I could have come up with a dream,
I saw in my eyes that silver keg gleam!

Now Natty! now, Keystone! now, Blue Moon and Hatter!
On Shock Top! on Budweiser, don’t continue to clamor!
To the top of Village A! To the top of LXR!
Now Dash away! Dash away! Dash away far!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the rooftops the Georgetown students flew,
With fridges full of beer, and Jack Junior too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard a seesaw,
The prancing and clawing of many a paw.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Jack the Bulldog came with a sound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished from flip-cup and Beirut!
A bundle of goods he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a barista, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His wrinkles how merry!
His paws were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His slobbery little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the hairs of his chin were painted like day-glow.

The body of the orange he held tight in his teeth,
And the orange juice it spilled surrounded him beneath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he barked, because he knew Syracuse was jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old bulldog,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of his drool, dawg.
A wink of his eye and a dip of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but looked rather honest,
Then muttered “Georgetown Day is what you make, so get on it!”
And laying his paw aside the dark night,
And giving a nod, his golf-kart did ignite!

He sprang to his cart, to Jack’s Crew he gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Georgetown Day to all, and to all a good-night!”

A Georgetown Day to Remember (Or Not)

Georgetown Day Planning

Here at 4E, we try not to exaggerate things too much. So don’t take it lightly when we say that in two days, you will experience the greatest day of the year. In other words, it’s Georgetown Day, and the end of the semester will be appropriately celebrated.

Now, I’m sure that plenty of our readers — whether they’re wide-eyed freshmen contemplating the shenanigans to come, or seniors ready to make their last Georgetown Day their best — have some plans for their day, or are at least trying to make a schedule for this day of debauchery. That’s why we’ve developed a planner for all of your Georgetown Day needs. Have fun comparing your answers here to your actual Friday — we guarantee that there will be some differences!

You wake up at [8:30 a.m. for that pesky French oral exam / 7 a.m. because you’re reaaaaaady to paaaaaarty]. But before you can head out the door for the perfect Georgetown Day, you need to put on your [hilarious bro tank, brah! / classy springtime sundress / whatever, because you’re going to spill something on it later anyway]. With your sartorial needs taken care of, you head outside to begin your day.

Your first goal is food, because what’s a day of drinking without some good eats? So you stop at Leo’s, where you grab: [A healthy b-fast because a Hoya’s got to start the day right before the magic happens! / All the tater tots available because they’re tater tots and do you even need a reason?! / Just some OJ … that you’re going to subtly add to this water bottle…]

Then it’s time to head off [for classy mimosas, you wouldn’t miss it for the world! / back to the dorm to pregame with friends / to class – you’re not spending your last Friday in shambles / wherever life, liberty and the pursuit of Burnett’s takes you].

As the day goes on, you eventually find yourself out on Healy Lawn. While there, you [go try some of the fun activities with your friends / buy a week’s worth of hot dogs and eat them all / pass out]. After some debate, your friends decide to [head to Leo’s! And Epi! And that vending machine over there! / carry you off the lawn, because it’s naptime].  

Evening rolls around. You’re feeling [however you normally feel on a Friday evening / tired, but it’s nothing a liter of Powerade won’t fix / ALIVE! HOYA SAXA]. Just because the sun’s going down doesn’t mean Georgetown Day is over! Here’s to a Georgetown Day for the ages… If you can remember it.

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Georgetown Day Fashion

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Georgetown Day is in three days. THREE DAYS. You know what that means. The perfect day to get out of class quickly, go outside and celebrate the day that every Hoya dreams of for the entire year. It is an undisputed fact that Georgetown Day is the best day of the year, and come Friday, we’ll all once again be reminded why. There’s sure to be plenty of alcoholic beverages, food and relaxation on the lawn.
In order to do this glorious day right, you have to look the part. That’s why 4E is here to walk you through the ideal Georgetown Day outfit.
Tank top — It doesn’t really matter what tank you’re wearing, but it’s mandatory. There are official Georgetown Day 2014 tanks available for purchase, but anything will work. There isn’t a more appropriate day than Georgetown Day for everyone to be outside maxin’ and relaxin’ in a tank. The bro-ier, the better!
Colored shorts — Another obvious must-have. My favorite (and as it turns out, 80% of Georgetown’s favorite) is Nantucket red; nothing screams Georgetown Day like being outside in a bro tank and some Nantuckets. Actually, regardless of what day it is, you will see pastel shorts — and shorts of all kinds (shoutout to jorts!) — reemerging with the coming of spring.
Flip-flops — I’m a firm believer in flip-flops over boat shoes when spring comes around, and Georgetown Day is no exception. I realize that I am at Georgetown, however, so I’m probably in the minority with this one. Either way, throw on a pair of flip-flops or boat shoes and you’re good to go.
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Fanny packs — You will have to carry a lot of stuff around on Georgetown Day: your keys, emergency snacks, what’s left of your dignity. You could stuff your belongings in your pockets, or you could carry a fanny pack! Yeah, maybe they were uncool when your parents wore them around Disney World, but for Georgetown Day, you can get some that put the fun in functional. Check out the ones being sold by the Georgetown women’s rugby team in Red Square!
Well, that’s about all you need in order to have an awesome Georgetown Day. As of now, there’s an unfortunate prediction of some rain for Friday, but don’t let that put a damper on getting hyped for this long-awaited day. Rain or shine, throw on this outfit (and maybe an umbrella hat) and you can be a Georgetown Day hero.
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The Ultimate Georgetown Day Guide

gudayadviceThe bloggers, as you may suspect, know a thing or two about merry-making and debauchery. So when it comes to Georgetown Day, you can rely on us for all the advice you need. We’ve seen it all and we’ve been feeling generous recently, so we’re about to lay our knowledge down for you.

We put our heads together to compile a few rules to help you make the most of your favorite darty.

Don’t waste meal swipes in the days leading up to Georgetown Day — you’ll need as many swipes as possible on our beloved holiday. Addendum: If you run out of swipes, vending machines will become your best friends.

Don’t pre-game the pre-game.

Don’t try to make breakfast after you pre-game.

Don’t ever turn down a bagel.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You will get sunburned, and it will hurt just as bad as — if not worse than — your hangover the next day.

Do not nap if you won’t be able to wake up and rally.

Don’t assume your friend means you should drink more alcohol and nothing else when she tells you to hydrate.

Do not black out at Sweetgreen.

Don’t accidentally enter someone’s Nevils when you’re looking for a party at another person’s Nevils. The people in the Nevils will not be expecting you and they will get angry when you enter their apartment and go into their kitchen without permission.

Do not sit on a curb on Prospect Street for a prolonged period of time. DPS will tell you to leave and it will be a struggle to orient yourself and get up off the curb.

Do not eat a marble from a Wisey’s vase. It will be dusty.

Do not steal someone’s L.L. Bean boot.

Do not send mad pics of yourself passed out on Copley Lawn covered in Mai Thai takeout unless you understand that people will most definitely screenshot those selfies and spread them via social media.

Try to (yay, positivity!) remember as much of the day as possible because a lot of fun things are going on and a lot of memz can be made!

Finally, DO NOT forget to check out all of 4E’s coverage of the Hilltop’s Georgetown Day shenanigans, whether on Twitter @thehoya4e or on our website blog.thehoya.com.

One Week Until Georgetown Day: This Is Not A Drill

Georgetown_DayToday might be Good Friday, but in one week, it will be Great Friday. That’s right: In seven days, it will be Georgetown Day.

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We agree, Emma Stone. Georgetown Day is the best. But like all of the most wonderful things in life, Georgetown Day requires a little bit of preparation. And, as with all things that require preparation, 4E is here to help. Here’s a guide to planning the upcoming school week so you can optimize your Georgetown Day festivities.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Enjoy your last day of Easter Break, but start getting ahead on work. Finals are slowly approaching, and in regards to studying, Friday is going to be completely worthless. (Woo!) Begin preparing now and give yourself a reason to celebrate at the end of the week. Also, don’t eat too much leftover Easter candy. That’s just a bad thing. Always.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mentally prepare yourself and get to work. Start making a game plan for your Georgetown Day festivities — and use 4E as your guide. We’re full of helpful tips and tricks so you can handle all of Friday’s fun, and we’ve even made suggested schedules to steer you through your day. Take note of our bangin’ Georgetown Day playlist, and take a glimpse at last year’s Georgetown Day tweets for some major inspiration.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shop ’til you drop. Buy everything you’ll need for Friday before anything sells out. Buy cups. Buy beverages. Buy snacks. Buy guac. Buy a blanket. Buy a bulldog puppy. Just kidding, don’t buy a bulldog puppy; you can play with Jack instead! The point is: You should buy all food, drinks and necessary gear for the big day. Do it now, and you’ll thank us later.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meditate and hydrate. And then hydrate some more. Carb up, and find your chi. You are only one day away from the greatest holiday on planet Earth. Take it easy. Get your bro tank and shorts ready. Get your mind ready. Get your body ready. This is it…

Friday, April 25, 2014

Game time. Go big or go home. If you’re not doing it like this, you’re doing it wrong:tumblr_ldv8jzmyhn1qc7j5lo1_500

So don’t do it wrong. Get pumped, get prepared and get ready to go crazier than these babies eating lemons for the first time.

T-minus seven days, kids. Hoya Saxa.

Gifs: j-14.com, tumblr.com; Photo: wikipedia.com