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Teacher Hopeful That Mitochondria Rap Will Make Biology Cool

Lloyd Pepper, 37, known affectionately to half his class as Mr. P and subversively to the other half as Mr. Wee, was optimistic Tuesday that his "O.P.P." parody would win the hearts and minds of his 6th graders.

"Cell organelles aren't boring, they're fun!" Pepper assured, pumping his fist awkwardly with one hand while pulling up his neon-green socks with the other. 'O.P.P.,' which of course in this instance stands for "organism power plant", is an ode to the mitochondria that I think the kids will really get a kick out of."

Pepper plans to bring his stereo, pre-loaded with a cassette on which he recorded "O.P.P." off the radio in 1992, to class on Friday and simply sing over it. "I'm a pretty loud guy, and I chose Friday because it'll get the kids pumped for the weekend."
When asked if he was familiar with the original content of the song, and whether it was appropriate to present to children, Pepper's hands flew to his piano-key necktie, which he tugged at uncomfortably. 

""'On private property,' right? It's about land rights?" Pepper asked. "Aw, who cares, I know every word to that song," he added, before beginning to wave his hands and stiltedly recite the lyrics in the middle of the teacher's lounge.

Pepper's previous works include parodies of "What Goes Up Must Come Down," about gravity, "Gin and Juice," about the fermentation process, and "F*** Tha Police," about law enforcement at the county level. On the topic of how many students typically enjoy his parodies, Pepper confidently tossed his ponytail over his shoulder and responded "every last homie."

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