Wendy kept a jar of black licorice sticks on the corner of her desk. This was solely because Giovanni had asked her to ‘put some candy out or something’ to create a more personable workplace environment. She had purposefully chosen black licorice because no one in their right mind liked to eat it; this way, no one in particular would be attracted to her little area to have a snack and, consequently, annoy her while doing so.
Professor Namba loved black licorice. He had discovered the jar on her desk by the accident of Professor Sebastian’s absence on one First Monday of the Month, when it was Namba instead who dropped off a budget request for Wendy to submit to accounting for analysis. He apparently loved it a lot, because every day since then, at precisely 1:55pm, Namba would make a special trip that was entirely out of his way to a corridor of the building that he otherwise had no business in, to have one piece of the black licorice that Wendy left out on her desk.