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North Salem Graduate's Yearbook Quote Goes Viral

Mason Goodman's yearbook page with his now-famous pancake recipe for a quote

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--North Salem graduate Mason Goodman’s love for pancakes is making headlines.
Goodman, who graduated last month, had a unique quote in his senior yearbook. A complete from-scratch pancake recipe!
His creative flair has not gone unnoticed on social media.

It has garnered more than 70,000 likes on the Instagram page of his sister, Amber Goodmann, tens of thousands of likes on other Instagram pages where it’s been shared and more than 2,500 likes and 254 shares on the Men’s Humor Facebook page.
In addition, his yearbook photo and quote was featured prominently among 19 notable yearbook quotes from 2017 by Buzzfeed.com.

We caught up with Mason and asked him a few questions about his 15 minutes of fame.

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Did you ever think in a hundred years that your senior yearbook photo would go viral?
I never thought that anything I would do could go viral, and the possibility of my yearbook quote spreading never even occurred to me! I’ve always seen pictures of funny yearbook quotes online, and it’s interesting because now I realize that behind each of those bits of genius is a normal kid like me.

How did you come up with your quote and why?
While I was racking my brain for the perfect yearbook quote, I was desperately searching my mind for a clever one-liner to fully express my sense of humor. Pushing aside overused puns, personal jokes and obscure references, I arrived at the idea of using a recipe, which would be the perfect mixture of clever, ironic and useful. I ended up making it a pancake recipe due to its recognizable simplicity.

Do you even LIKE to cook?
I do like to cook, though I certainly don’t do it as much as my parents would like me to! I can have lots of fun making pancakes, and even more fun eating them if I have some organic maple syrup (I’m a bit of a syrup-snob). However, I’m best known for my latkes (potato pancakes) at summer camp.

What went through your mind when it picked up steam and was even recognized by Buzzfeed?
When my quote was first picked up, I thought it was hilarious and ridiculous. I didn’t think it would spread too widely or become too popular, but every time I refreshed a page, I saw thousands more people liking and commenting on it! I immediately began to plan for my interview with Ellen (still waiting on that call). Since then, I’ve gotten countless friends connecting and reconnecting with me because of the absurdity, uniqueness and hilarity of the whole situation, and I’ve even been recognized in public once!

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