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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: the breakfast menace!

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Faith, according to a shocking new study, there's something just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. What?

FAITH SALIE: Egg yolks, Peter.

SAGAL: Indeed, Faith, eggs, egg yolks.

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SAGAL: Some of you may remember a few years ago, when a study showed that eggs weren't that bad for you. The egg producers put out an ad showing an egg being let out of prison. Well, like some former prisoners who were released, it went on to kill again.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A newer study shows that eating egg yolks is almost as bad for you as smoking, in terms of its effect on your health.

LUKE BURBANK: And I have been smoking egg yolks. So I am just...

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PAULA POUNDSTONE: Man, that's the worst.

BURBANK: Forget it; I may not live through the taping.

POUNDSTONE: Who did the study? This bothers me so much.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: This was actually a legitimate medical study.

POUNDSTONE: Who says?

SALIE: The science people.

SAGAL: The science people.

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SAGAL: The scientists. They studied thousands of people who had been eating a certain amount of eggs, and they discovered that the plaque in their arteries was two-thirds as bad as people who had been smoking.

POUNDSTONE: OK. I mean, did they just have them in a room eating eggs?

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SAGAL: That's all they were doing was eating eggs.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah, because it could be, you know, loneliness and boredom isn't good for you either.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: It just concerns because, you know, a little bit ago I read that, you know, white - no, red meat...

SAGAL: Yeah.

POUNDSTONE: ...significantly reduces your life span. And so I, you know, gave up red meat. And now, to hear this yolk thing, you know.

SALIE: Are you a big egg eater?

POUNDSTONE: Well, yeah, now that I'm not eating red meat.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: We can't eat egg yolks, we can't eat red meat, we can't smoke. My heavens. I'm just hungry.

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