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Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Should've Asked Jeeves, and 'Till Sometime Later Do We Part.

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PETER SAGAL, host: All right, panel, time for some more questions for you from this week's news. Luke, an elderly man in Britain escaped an attack with only minor injures, but police arrested his family for attempted murder. How did the police know the family planned to do him harm?

LUKE BURBANK: It was in their Christmas letter.

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SAGAL: That's very old fashioned.

BURBANK: Was it like there was a Facebook page talking about it or some kind of blog?

SAGAL: Almost, almost.

BURBANK: Tweeting about it.

SAGAL: Well the problem is that they didn't know how to go about murdering somebody. So they?

BURBANK: Oh, they looked it up online.

PJ O'ROURKE: They Googled it.

SAGAL: They Googled it, yes.

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SAGAL: What the family did was they Googled the phrase "easiest way to kill an old person."

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BURBANK: In fairness, who hasn't?

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SAGAL: Yes. Police looking into the assault found the old man's adopted daughter and her children had Googled the phrases, "easiest way to kill and old person", "ten easy ways to kill someone with no trace."

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SAGAL: And "dangerous drugs for the elderly."

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PAULA POUNDSTONE: Wow.

SAGAL: Even worse, when they put in the search phrase, then they just clicked on Google's "I'm Feeling Murdery" button.

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BURBANK: This is not doing any good in terms of the animus that already exists between the elderly and the internet.

SAGAL: That's true.

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BURBANK: Like my grandmother already doesn't trust the internet and she doesn't even know what I've been Googling about her.

SAGAL: PJ, in an attempt to curtail rising divorce rates in Mexico City, government officials are considering passing a law that allows couples there to do what?

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O'ROURKE: I need a hint.

SAGAL: Well, it's like leasing instead of buying, if you will.

O'ROURKE: You can lease a wife?

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SAGAL: Yes, basically. You can get married for just two years or another short period of time.

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SAGAL: You know what your mother told you, why buy the cow when you can lease the milk for two years?

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SAGAL: Let's say...

O'ROURKE: We had different mothers.

SAGAL: Apparently.

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SAGAL: Let's say you like a guy but you're not sure, right, and so you're...

O'ROURKE: Well that would confuse me right away.

SAGAL: I understand that.

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SAGAL: I'm using the more general...

O'ROURKE: I see.

SAGAL: Let's say you're a young lady. You like a guy.

O'ROURKE: Okay.

SAGAL: You're not sure about him.

O'ROURKE: You like a person.

SAGAL: You like a person. So you can do, in Mexico City, if this goes through, you can do a two-year marriage, and when your contract expires, you either renew or you just walk away, no harm done. Although, apparently it's not specifically two years, you can negotiate the length of the limited term contract, which will make proposals really interesting.

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SAGAL: Like, darling, I love you and I want to spend the rest of my next two and a half years with you, two and a half to three.

O'ROURKE: With an option to renew.

SAGAL: An option to renew.

O'ROURKE: That's how much I love you, dear.

SAGAL: Exactly.

POUNDSTONE: I think it's just going to make people try harder. I think it's brilliant.

SAGAL: Well that's true, because it'll be just like in sports. Guy will get into the second year and it's like oh my god, it's a contract year.

BURBANK: Yeah.

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SAGAL: It's true.

POUNDSTONE: Exactly right.

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SAGAL: I'm going to be a free agent, right? You know, you need to up your game, up your performance, start doing the dishes.

POUNDSTONE: Exactly.

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