BLANCHESTER, OH—Sources confirmed Friday that the person currently cutting local man Russell Elko’s hair is merely the latest in a long line of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of human beings who over the course of the 30-year-old’s lifetime have pretended to be interested in what he says. “Really? Huh, I hadn’t realized that,” said the barber, absentmindedly nodding his head in much the same way Elko’s officemate, his most recent girlfriend, his second-grade teacher, the man who sold him coffee this morning, his primary-care physician, his childhood babysitter, and the OB-GYN who assisted in his birth have also done. “Well, I’m glad to hear it.” Reached for comment, Elko said the lack of interest makes sense, as he, too, is often completely bored with what he has to say.
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