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MANNIE LOWE: Hi Peter, this is Mannie Lowe from Oxford, Mississippi.
SAGAL: Oh, Oxford, Mississippi. And what do you do there?
LOWE: I'm the program manager for the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition for the state working at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the university.
SAGAL: My daughter has done robotics competitions at the junior high school level. And they're so much fun. These are the competitions where teams of kids are supposed to build robots from a set of parts that can perform a task.
LOWE: That's exactly right.
SAGAL: Yeah, the task that was assigned to my daughter's class was to become sentient and rise up and kill all the humans.
LOWE: I'm still working on it.
SAGAL: Well, Mannie, welcome to the show. 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 two times, you'll be a big winner. Ready to go?
LOWE: Ready to go.
SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.
CARL KASELL: In this fish sneeze, a shark has been caught. It is thin and strong, check out this knot. Folks won't rebuke us for using fish mucous. Skip spider silk, use this fish...
SAGAL: Yes, indeed.
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SAGAL: So is wearing clothes made from what comes out of a silkworm's behind not disgusting enough for you? Well, thanks to scientists in New Zealand we've got the next big thing, fabric made from the snot of the hagfish. It's good there's a use for it because they're nothing more annoying than a hagfish with a cold.
SAGAL: Wherever you are right now, no matter how bad your job is, know that somewhere there's a guy whose job title is fish snot harvester.
LUKE BURBANK: Who was the person who even thought, yeah, let's look there.
BURBANK: You know?
SAGAL: It's true.
FAITH SALIE: Let's not waste that.
SAGAL: Here is your next limerick.
KASELL: Since I'm lazy, this job is a keeper, no distractions by cell phone or beeper. It's just eight hours rest, that's the thing I do best, I've become a professional...
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SAGAL: Yes. The Finn Hotel in Helsinki is seeking a, quote, "professional sleeper"...
BURBANK: Hold on, hold on, I'm writing this down.
SAGAL: ...to test its beds and rooms for comfort for a period of 35 nights. It does sound like a dream job, but do not let your boss catch you awake in your bed.
ALONZO BODDEN: I'm just thinking that this isn't a real job. This is just someone, like an executive at the Finn Hotel wanted to put someone in the family on the payroll.
SAGAL: You're supposed to sleep...
BODDEN: Like, all right. You'll be a sleeper, get in there and we'll just...
BODDEN: ...we'll just slip some cash to you every week. Just get mom off my back.
SAGAL: Here's your last limerick.
KASELL: Blow the hair out and curl it like noodles, feed them steroids and stuff them with strudels. You can't sell a ferret just on its own merit, so let's groom them and sell them as...
SAGAL: Yes, poodles.
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SAGAL: You know what it's like. You meet a nice poodle, you talk, you do a little petting. You get home, it turns out she's a ferret.
SAGAL: An Argentinean market was selling poodles and Chihuahuas that owners have realized were actually ferrets on steroids.
SAGAL: And this is the only time you'll ever hear the phrase on steroids meaning on steroids. They gave them the steroids to help them grow to more poodle-like size. And watch out, because there's no roid rage like ferret roid rage.
BODDEN: That has to be the dumbest customer.
BODDEN: I mean, that - you know something? If you're good enough to sell someone a ferret as a poodle, you should be allowed to keep their money.
SAGAL: Just in the principle of it.
BODDEN: Just the - that is the ultimate con. There are Nigerians looking at that saying, wow, that...
SAGAL: Carl, how did Mannie do in our quiz?
KASELL: Mannie, you had three correct answers, so you win our prize.
SAGAL: Well done.
SAGAL: Congratulations, Mannie, and thanks for playing.
LOWE: Thank you very much.
SAGAL: It's great to have you.
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