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Opening Panel Round

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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Forest Facials.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Brian, in what may be a first, a researcher from Britain discovered a wild brown in Alaska doing what in the woods?

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BRIAN BABYLON: OK, not stealing picnic baskets, clearly.

SAGAL: No.

BABYLON: You have to give me the teeniest hint on this one.

SAGAL: Well even bears need a spa day every now and then.

BABYLON: He was taking a soak in one of those hot springs.

SAGAL: You're getting there, but that's not that unusual. Living in the woods is just hell on your pores, apparently.

BABYLON: Giving himself a facial.

SAGAL: He was giving itself a facial is what the bear was doing.

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SAGAL: The bear...

BABYLON: Exfoliating bears?

SAGAL: The bear, yes.

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SAGAL: I know, it's true. The bear had picked up this barnacle-covered rock and he was rubbing in its own face and rubbing off this dried skin. Scientists say this is the first time they've witnessed a bear using a tool for any purpose and it proves that bears are both more intelligent than previously suspected and also surprisingly vain.

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TOM BODETT: You should see them in their yoga class.

SAGAL: Oh, it's terrible.

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BABYLON: I guarantee you're going to see this, whatever this bear facial stuff at the Whole Foods for like $55.

SAGAL: You think so, yeah.

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BABYLON: And yeah, I guarantee you, you will see bear facial, organic bear facial.

SAGAL: Imagine...

BODETT: Barnacle bear rock.

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SAGAL: Let's all take a moment to spare some pity for the bears when they discover waxing. That's going to be...

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AMY DICKINSON: Because boy, after you come out of hibernation, you got all that undercoat.

SAGAL: Oh yeah.

DICKINSON: You got to get that out.

SAGAL: This explains why when you're taking a bear out on a date, it takes forever for it to get ready.

DICKINSON: Right.

BABYLON: Like how long?

SAGAL: How long is it going to be?

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SAGAL: All right.

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