BLHS student goes Hollywood
Ripley's Believe It or Not must have been booked.
There may not be a word in the King's English to accurately describe the talent of Dustin Anderson, a sophomore at Basehor-Linwood High School, who was scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Outstanding? Probably not.
Unique? Getting warmer.
Bizarre? Oh, you bet.
Dustin, 16, went on the nationally televised NBC program to display his um, peculiar, talent of snorting a wet noodle up his nose. Yep, up his nose, through the nasal cavity and down his throat where he pulls the degraded noodle from his mouth.
"I call it nose flossing," Dustin said, giving the noodle a little tug at both ends.
The segment he performed under Wednesday night was titled "Teenage Wasteland." Anyone else get the feeling this ain't your granddaddy's "Tonight Show?"
"If it's really thin and long, I can sniff it," Dustin said with a chuckle of pride. "I've always been able to do it."
Whether it be a noodle ("Cooked Ramen noodles are the best ones."), a Twizzler ("That got stuck.") or water ("It moistens the nasal cavity."), it's been huffed up Dustin's beak.
"It actually tickles," he said. "It doesn't hurt at all."
A quick exhibition earned the teen-ager an equal reception of astonishment and discomfort to a reporter, photographer and high school secretaries Monday afternoon. It also drew a 'yeah, I've seen it a thousand times' smirk from his buddy (or accomplice), Cameron Coggburn.
Dustin's hobby (for lack of a better word) has earned him, Cameron, and Dustin's stepfather, Richard Hayes, a four-day trip to California, where they will stay at the Universal Hilton.
"I'm really excited," Dustin said this week before leaving for Los Angeles. "For one, we get to go to California for a few days on a paid vacation."
The rock group P.O.D and actor Matt LeBlanc were scheduled to appear with Dustin on the Tonight Show Wednesday evening. However, Dustin said it's another celebrity he would rather be Friends with.
"It would have been a lot better if they would have had Carmen Electra on the show," he said.
The odyssey that has brought the young man from the cornfields of Kansas to the glitz of Hollywood began innocently enough with a dare, a dream and well, a noodle.
"My dad dared me two years ago," Dustin said. "He said it was possible and knowing me, I tried it and it worked."
After seeing the "Teenage Wasteland" segment on Leno's show, Dustin sent a videotape of his feat to producers, hoping to earn a spot on the program.
His dream did not come without warning, though.
"My mom told me when I sent (the videotape) in, she wouldn't go with me," Dustin said with a sly grimace. "She's excited that I get to go but not proud of what I can do."
Before leaving Tuesday evening, Dustin said he wasn't concerned about freezing up in front of a national audience Wednesday night.
"If my nose is dry, it's kind of hard but I'm not worried," he said.
He's got a solid support group behind him, years of experience and his own equipment ("I'm taking my own noodles."), Dustin said.
Other students at the high school have asked for an exhibition of Dustin talents, to which "I tell them to wait and watch the show."
Sounds like a guy ready for prime time.