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Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Why the Prairie Needs a Red Carpet, A Solution for Lazy Dog Owners, and The T in T-Rex Now Stands For Tiny.

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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924. Or you can click the contact us link at our website, at waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and find out about our two shows coming up at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami next week. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

ZONA DOUTHIT: Hi.

SAGAL: Hi, who's this?

DOUTHIT: My name is Zona Douthit.

SAGAL: Hey Zona, that's a wonderful name. What kind of name is Zona?

DOUTHIT: My first name.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Glad we clarified that.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well nice to have you with us, Zona. Carl Kasell is going to read you three news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. If you can fill in that last word or phrase correctly on two of the limericks, you'll be a big winner. Ready to go?

DOUTHIT: Okay.

SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.

CARL KASELL, Host:

We prairie dogs think you're a mess. Are you blind? In a rush? Do confess. Oh hon, you're no catch. All bad fit and mismatched. Yes, we comment on how people?

DOUTHIT: Dress.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Scientists have long known prairie dogs use a sophisticated language to talk to each other. And thanks to a researcher from Northern Arizona, we now know they spend a lot of their time talking about us. Stuff like: check it out, tall human in blue. Look, short lady, yellow dress. They're able to recognize humans and differentiate us by our clothing. Because they're like less furry versions of Joan and Melissa Rivers.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right, very good. Here is your next limerick.

KASELL: This controller I'd like to devote to the cur with the mangy flea coat. With a point and a click I say, sit up, don't lick. I give dog commands with my?

DOUTHIT: Throat.

SAGAL: I guess that would make sense but it's not the answer we're looking for. Let's hear the limerick again.

DOUTHIT: Okay.

SAGAL: It's a two syllable answer, a two syllable answer.

KASELL: This controller I'd like to devote to the cur with the mangy flea coat. With a point and a click I say, sit up, don't lick. I give dog commands with my?

DOUTHIT: Remote.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: It is hard to get up and change the channel. It's hard to get out of bed to walk the dog. And now remote controls fix both of these little miseries. Just beam your commands to this new high tech harness, designed by Auburn University researchers, and little vibrations will tell your dog what to do. Press pause and they sit, of course. Play initiates a game of fetch. And stop is used in the event of unwanted humping.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right, very good. Here is your last limerick.

KASELL: Some dinosaurs speak out real whiny. We're not all humongous and spiny. The line has been blurred between T-Rex and bird. For we are real light and quite?

DOUTHIT: Tiny.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Very good.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Scientists in China announced this week they have discovered a new branch of the T-Rex family. It looks just like its cousin: sharp claws, snarly teeth, only this one is the size of a parrot. It's basically Chihuahua Rex.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: One other difference, the T-Rex has three fingers on each hand while this new dinosaur only has one, which scientists believe it stuck at raptors who made fun of its size.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Zona do on our quiz?

KASELL: Zona was perfect, Peter, three correct answers. So Zona, you win our prize.

SAGAL: Well done, Zona, congratulations.

DOUTHIT: Thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you for playing. Take care.

DOUTHIT: Bye.

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