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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Jurassic Farts.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news, of course.

Mo, interesting study this week about climate change. Some scientists are suggesting that 150 million years ago, what contributed to global warming?

MO ROCCA: Sort of gassy dinosaurs.

SAGAL: Yes, that's exactly right.

ROCCA: Oh my gosh.

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SAGAL: Dinosaur flatulence.

ROCCA: Wow.

SAGAL: Yeah, very good.

AMY DICKINSON: Speaking of underwear bombs.

ROCCA: Oh my gosh, can you imagine a caveman lighting a match there?

SAGAL: Oh, it's terrible.

ROCCA: With a little torch there.

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SAGAL: Just as giant yellow hummers cause climate change today, hideous clumsy beasts were also responsible, apparently, for global warming long ago. British scientists say that the herbivore dinosaurs, like the Apatosaurus were among the worst offenders because of their plant based diets.

ROCCA: Yeah, the high fiber, yeah.

SAGAL: Exactly. Second only to the burrito-suarus.

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SAGAL: According to the researchers, a really bad time for the T-Rex, because, you know, when another dinosaur lets one go right in front of you, those arms are never going to be able to wave it away.

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DICKINSON: And I bet...

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TOM BODETT: You know, I always thought the Mesozoic era was probably a pretty unpleasant time to be around but...

SAGAL: Now you know.

BODETT: Now it's even, yeah, less appealing.

SAGAL: And windows were not yet invented, so you couldn't open one. It was terrible.

ROCCA: That really redefines silent but deadly. My gosh.

BODETT: Yeah.

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BODETT: You're killing me here, man. You're killing all of us.

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