Open All Night, Part 2

Another round of pancakes in the wee hours with strangers.


What’s the perfect way to end a night spent hanging out with your friends? Eating tons of delicious breakfast food, doye! With this life truth in mind, I traveled with three other intrepid Rookie staffers, Gabby, Lola, and Anaheed, to an IHOP in the East Village to do a part two to this article from last year, where we interviewed a bunch of teenagers who were out between midnight and 6 AM to see what they were up to. This year we hit the pancake paradise on two different nights: March 29 and April 20 (aka 4/20 aka Christmas for potheads). We met tons of really awesome people on our adventures, and some incredibly wacked-out ones.

This time around we wanted to mix it up a little, so we decided to pay loving homage to The Newlywed Game with our interviewees. Basically, the game show asked new couples to answer questions about each other to see just how truly they ~got~ each other, often to hilarious (and/or disastrous) effect. We did the same thing with the couples we met, and with groups we had them pick one person to all answer questions about. The guessers wrote their answers on slips of paper, which they showed us after the subject revealed the truth about themselves. It turned out that even when people didn’t quite know what their friends’ celebrity crush might be, or what they want to do when they grow up, they often came up with something even better. And not even one person got mad about it when his or her friends were wrong, because it’s scientifically impossible to experience negative emotions when you have a waffle with whipped cream on it in front of you. And also? There’s no better setting to get to know your friends more intimately than a breakfast joint at 3 AM. Here’s everything they, and we, learned. —Amy Rose

March 29/30, 2013
12:44 AM
SUSANNA (19) and WELLS (18)

ANAHEED Are you guys boyfriend/girlfriend?


ANAHEED How long have you been together?

WELLS For a while—four months.

ANAHEED How did you meet?

WELLS We met at a club social at NYU.

ANAHEED What club was it?

SUSANNA It was some Asian club.

WELLS I wasn’t really in the club, but my friend brought me to their social because there was free food. And she was there. We were playing club games, and we were on the same team, and we kind of bonded over that.

AMY ROSE Were you both good at it?

WELLS Um, we…won.


AMY ROSE Yeah you did! Are you ready to play this game?

SUSANNA & WELLS [In unison] Yeah!

Question 1

ANAHEED Susanna, if you were to picture all of the things that Wells spends his time thinking about as a pie chart, what would be the biggest slice of the pie? Write down your answer.

AMY ROSE Write it down and DON’T LOOK. Wells, why are you trying to cheat? I’ve got my eye on you.

ANAHEED OK, what do you think about the most?

WELLS I hope she said philosophy, but I’m not sure.

Wells: 0 | Susanna: 1

AMY ROSE Ding ding ding ding! Awesome! What kind of philosophy?

WELLS I mainly study philosophy of mind.

ANAHEED What does that mean?

WELLS Philosophy of mind is studying, like, who we are, what makes us think, you know—is our mind just our brain, or is it some other entity? You know how you hear stories of people who get amnesia and they don’t know who they are? Like, is that the same person as the original person?

AMY ROSE I don’t know any people with amnesia like that.

SUSANNA I don’t know anyone with amnesia, actually…

AMY ROSE It seems like it only happens on soap operas.

Question 2

AMY ROSE Now, Wells, please write down everything you think Susanna is planning to do tomorrow.

SUSANNA Um, he probably thinks I’m going to do some PCT activity—that’s my frat. Then probably I’m gonna sleep. Did you write sleep? Or homework. I’m trying to write an essay, I think.

WHAT WELLS WROTE PCT, essay, hang out with me
Wells: 1 | Susanna: 1

AMY ROSE Awww! Though he put “hang out with me,” which you didn’t say…

SUSANNA That’s just like a given!

ANAHEED Wait, you’re in a frat?

SUSANNA They call it a frat, but it’s coed. It’s called Pi Chi Theta. It’s a business frat.

Question 3

ANAHEED Susanna, which cartoon character would Wells say is most like you?

SUSANNA You know this.

WELLS I know what you’re talking about, but that’s not a cartoon character, and it’s not the kind of person you are. [To us] She’s gonna say Batman, OK?

Wells: 1 | Susanna: 2

ANAHEED Oh my god. How did you know that?

WELLS She worships Batman. The day we met she wanted me to get into the Robin costume.

SUSANNA I wanted you to be Selina Kyle, actually.

WELLS Catwoman.

AMY ROSE Why wouldn’t you be Catwoman?

WELLS Well, I mean she’s nice and all, but… [Laughs] So what happened was…do you have that picture?

SUSANNA I should…

WELLS So last week was the Google Games…

AMY ROSE What’s that?

WELLS Google Games is a competition where you solve a bunch of puzzles and trivia. The theme last week was superheroes, and our group dressed up as Teen Titans, and she always wanted me in a Robin costume.

[Susanna shows us this picture on her phone:]

Camera 360



AMY ROSE That is the cutest thing.

ANAHEED I’m going to press forward and put my email address in, is that all right?

AMY ROSE Wells, what does your tattoo say?

WELLS It’s Latin. “Ex nihilo nihil fit…” [Says some other stuff in Latin that we couldn’t understand well enough to transcribe]

ANAHEED What does it mean?

WELLS She can explain.

SUSANNA It means nothing comes from nothingness, and nothingness returns to nothingness. And basically I think it’s about…there’s this whole philosophy thing about it.

WELLS When I explain it to engineers the first thing they think is Oh, that’s the first law of thermodynamics. The first law of thermo is conservation of mass and energy: You can’t destroy mass, you can’t create mass or energy. So it’s like, nothing comes from nothing—you can’t just make things. And nothing goes back to nothing—you can’t destroy anything. But it’s also like a life mantra for me. “Nothing comes from nothing”: you can’t just sit there and suddenly you get a job or great things happen to you.

AMY ROSE You have to act and move and be in the world.

WELLS You have to do hard work. But at the same time, if you do hard work, it’s not all wasted. So nothing returns to nothing: you still get something from it.

AMY ROSE That is optimistic.

WELLS Yeah, you might think with all the nothings it would be very dark, but it’s the opposite.

ANAHEED That’s awesome.

AMY ROSE So, um…whose turn is it?

WELLS I’m pretty sure it’s my turn. I’m so bad at this.

Question 4

AMY ROSE What is Susanna’s biggest vice?

SUSANNA’S I burp too much?

WHAT WELLS WROTE Burping loudly/randomly


Wells: 2 | Susanna: 2

ANAHEED Oh my god! You guys should get married.

WELLS Don’t say the other one. The shameless one.

SUSANNA Toenails?

WELLS No, what’s a really silly thing that we always do every time we go out and we’re being really silly and random. We probably did it on the way here.

SUSANNA Dancing in the street?


ANAHEED That’s not a vice!

AMY ROSE He described it as shameless, which I love. So far you guys have gotten everything right.

WELLS This is fun.

SUSANNA This is really fun.

Question 5

ANAHEED Which one of you liked the other one first?

WELLS It’s a tough decision, but it was probably me.

Wells: 2 | Susanna: 3

[Amy Rose and Anaheed applaud]

WELLS I’m crazy like that.

AMY ROSE So wait, tell us the story.

WELLS Well, when I moved here for school I was single and I was just like, “I have to get a girlfriend!” So I came to these social events to meet girls.

ANAHEED Did you notice Susanna from across the room?

WELLS Yeah. That’s how I describe it, actually.

AMY ROSE What was your first impression of her?

SUSANNA “She was really weird…”

WELLS Oh my god, no, stop. She always thinks that. I just remember that she was really sociable, really enthusiastic. She still is. She has all this energy, you know?

AMY ROSE You’re the kind of girl who dances in the streets, man—that’s just how you are!

ANAHEED What is the dance that you do in the streets?

SUSANNA Have you guys ever heard of “Dancing in the Street”? It’s by Mick Jagger and David Bowie, it’s a music video.

ANAHEED I am an old person, so I am well aware of it.

SUSANNA It was just so funny, so I showed him, and it’s been like a running joke.

AMY ROSE Wait, do a little bit of it, pleeeeassse..

WELLS What do we even do?

SUSANNA It’s just like random like jumping and hopping…

WELLS And spins. And just they kind of like wave their arms around, and…are you recording this?

SUSANNA Are you recording this?

AMY ROSE That was the best thing. I’m in love. Guys, thank you so much.

WELLS That was really fun. Yeah. So it’s been a crazy four months. Things just like clicked, you know? It was a really storybook-romance type thing.

SUSANNA Isn’t this how it’s supposed to go?

WELLS OK, so I’m her first boyfriend. I’ve had 10 girlfriends before, so I…

ANAHEED How come you hadn’t been in a relationship, Susanna? Did you just not want to?

SUSANNA I just never found anybody. This would have been in high school, and my mom was super protective.

ANAHEED Was Wells your first kiss?


WELLS Mine too.

ANAHEED What? You were going out with 10 girls!

WELLS It’s a long story that involves lots of other things and scandalous backwards going around…

AMY ROSE How scandalous could it be if you weren’t kissing?

WELLS Well backwards, going around the diamond, if you catch my drift.

[Amy Rose still looks confused.]

ANAHEED Baseball diamond. Four bases.

AMY ROSE Ohhhhhhh.

ANAHEED Why did you not kiss if you were doing those other things?

WELLS Well, like somehow you did other things, but…you know, you want to preserve your first kiss, because somehow that’s like your childhood innocence.

ANAHEED Did it go all right?

SUSANNA Yeah. It. [Blushes furiously] [Snorts]

WELLS Man, she used tongue!

AMY ROSE Well, what did you use? I was just like “Hey, this is gonna be a normal kiss, right?” and then it was like BAM.

ANAHEED [To Susanna] Did you know what you were doing—like, had you thought about your technique, or were you just winging it?

SUSANNA I was winging it.

WELLS She’s a natural.


ANAHEED You guys are the best. I hope you have the cutest, sexiest nerd babies.

WELLS OK. Definitely.

AMY ROSE Name one Batman.

SUSANNA And Robin!

WELLS And Robin?

SUSANNA Yeah, we’ll figure it out.

Winner: Susanna, but only because she got an extra turn. The real winners: both of them, and us, and LOVE.


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  • Charlotte CallaGirl May 17th, 2013 7:32 PM

    I LOVE!
    Great interview/quiz/thingy!

  • Nomi May 17th, 2013 8:49 PM

    Yaaaaaaay I’m so happy to see this come back this was one of my favorite articles! You guys should do more of these!

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:41 PM

    seong and toni are frickin awesome. i wish i was friends with themmmm

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:52 PM

    okay, I finished reading, and all of them are awesome. why am i not in nyc??

  • I.ila May 17th, 2013 11:52 PM

    ooohh, Lucretius!

    • HaverchuckForPresident May 19th, 2013 6:34 AM

      LUCRETIUS <3

  • Alex S. May 18th, 2013 12:28 AM

    This was so much fun to read, it was almost like I was there. Forever now gravitated towards the idea of going to an Ihop in the wee hours of the night when I can’t sleep in hopes of meeting fun strangers like this/people watching because that’s just a lot of fun too.

  • rhymeswithorange May 18th, 2013 1:03 AM

    Fan-freakin’-tastic <3

  • Melisa May 18th, 2013 3:02 AM

    Oh my god. I’ve been waiting for this.

    Susanna and Wells are just freaking cute. Perf couple.
    Seong and Toni are such a fun duo.
    Samhita and Teresa sounds cool.
    I LOLed throughout reading Keira, Hailey, Destiny, and Jahmane’s.
    Sam and Ray are just rad. Would love to be friends with them.
    Marissa, Jon, and Bradley’s little nighttime adventure is wow. (Got drunk+fell on a pizza+fractured a bone+meeting snoop dogg in one night??)

  • elliecp May 18th, 2013 4:36 AM

    These are so awesome! Such a good idea, and god I want pancakes now :(

  • strawberryhair May 18th, 2013 5:25 AM

    Susanna and Wells <3 asdfghjkl

  • jessthetics May 18th, 2013 9:13 AM

    This is amazing! It makes me want to get pancakes with my friends immediately.

  • umi May 18th, 2013 1:46 PM

    starfire she was my girl

  • Conana May 18th, 2013 1:56 PM

    Susanna and Wells are the cutest couple ever <3 <3 I wish I had friends like them :cccc

  • hanalady May 18th, 2013 5:27 PM

    this is both hilarious and adorable. i love it.

    but heads up, there is some wacky stuff going on with capitalization, also the fonts, and sometimes your formatting marks show up in the article.

    • Anaheed May 18th, 2013 6:41 PM

      Thanks, hanalady. You guys have no idea the problems I had trying to get this piece up yesterday. I’m fixing everything now, but I’m sorry you had to read it in its original error-ridden state!

      • Dyl May 23rd, 2013 10:05 PM

        There’s still some weird formatting issues on page 4, just so you know.

        This was great though. I LOVED IT

        • Anaheed May 25th, 2013 6:11 PM

          Thank you, Dyl! I think I fixed those, but lemme know if you notice any more. And sorry again, everyone, that this went up with so many errors/issues. My computer kept crashing and I had been awake for more than 48 hours and then WordPress kept reverting to earlier versions and…I’m getting heart palpitations just REMEMBERING that day.

  • Nadya May 19th, 2013 12:34 AM

    Am I the only one who still didn’t get Well’s “going around the diamond” thing? What does this mean!

    • NotReallyChristian May 19th, 2013 5:58 PM

      It means he did lots of other more serious stuff than kissing without ever actually kissing, I think. Like you know the ‘first base’ ‘second base’ euphemisms for romantic/sexual stuff? It means he skipped the early ‘bases’ and went straight to the end.

  • amelia May 19th, 2013 4:29 AM

    i love this feature! the city that i live in doesn’t have many open-all-night places, so i love reading this… hope you do another one soon!

  • pollystyrene May 19th, 2013 7:51 AM

    It’s too bad there aren’t any places like that around my town, I’d love to go on a midnight pancake eating adventure with my friends.

  • Patrícia May 19th, 2013 10:39 AM

    Seong and Toni were so awesome, seriously, holy crap.

  • Ruby B. May 19th, 2013 10:43 PM

    I love Open All Night so much! That first couple made me unbelievably happy because of cuteness

  • EmilyJn May 20th, 2013 8:57 AM

    What’s 4/20? I don’t know if I’m being stupid or if it’s a primarily American thing or something?

    • annah-daly May 21st, 2013 11:11 AM

      It’s my husband and I’s anniversary! 4-20 2010!
      No, it’s bob Marley’s birthday, or else a day to get reeeally stoned. we have Marley fest where i live and we play reggae and people walk around waving bags of weed to sell and don’t even get in trouble! everyone loves 4-20!

  • wallflower152 May 20th, 2013 1:24 PM

    I love this! I read the other one in the Yearbook I believe. Makes me want IHOP and it’s kool to see how there are a bunch of people out there just like you only different. This and People Reviews are some my favorite Rookie features. : )

  • taliabc May 20th, 2013 3:54 PM

    Oh my god these are so perfect please do more!

  • Pashupati May 22nd, 2013 10:30 PM

    I would hate to be Robin if my older sibling was Batman.

  • unicornconnect May 25th, 2013 4:35 AM

    I need to live in new yorkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • julalondon September 12th, 2013 2:50 AM

    OMG this is crazy but i just found this article i don’t know what happend there but somehow i missed this???!!! The last one was on of my favourite articles on here EVER and today i’m having a really shitty day and i decided to flick through some old rookie articles and i find THIS!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!