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Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel...Bag Dating; Frankenveggie; He Who Smelt It, Was Healthy.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Roxanne Roberts, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roy Blunt Jr. And here again is your host at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. Peter Segal.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill. In just a minute, Bill checks the rhyme in the listener Limerick challenge. If you'd like to play give us a call at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Right now panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Bobcat, idealistic British dating service Loveflutter has organized a series of speed dating events where singles meet each while doing what?

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Macrame?

SAGAL: No.

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GOLDTHWAIT: Spelunking?

SAGAL: No. You know, sometimes you break the ice in one of these things by asking a question, maybe what sign are you, class year, where were you born, what do you do - the question they tend to ask is paper or plastic.

GOLDTHWAIT: Oh, bagging groceries?

SAGAL: No, they're not bagging groceries.

GOLDTHWAIT: They're shopping?

SAGAL: No.

GOLDTHWAIT: Where else do you say paper or plastic outside...

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SAGAL: What they're doing is they're trying to get past superficial issues like what they look like.

GOLDTHWAIT: Wait, it's coming to me.

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SAGAL: I think I confused you by saying they're doing something. They are doing something, but it's more like they're wearing something.

GOLDTHWAIT: Burkas?

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: Remember I said paper or plastic.

GOLDTHWAIT: They're wearing bags.

SAGAL: On their heads.

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SAGAL: That's what they're doing. The idea is that singles will get to know each other in a real way, rather than getting hung up on superficial things like beauty or whether someone has eyes.

GOLDTHWAIT: But technically shouldn't one person wear the bag, they both don't need to.

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SAGAL: That's a very good point.

GOLDTHWAIT: These people are just idiots. Someone was taking their wallets.

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SAGAL: It's a great idea. I mean, normally the idea is you get to know each other as people without being distracted by their appearance. You get to know them quickly. Normally, you don't find out someone is crazy until they already have a key to your apartment, so this is good.

BLOUNT JR: You're getting to know each other as people, yes.

SAGAL: Yeah.

JR: But you're also getting to know each other as the kind of people who will wear bags on their head.

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SAGAL: You have to be wary of going to a dating event where everybody has made the calculation - this will work out better if I have a bag over my head.

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SAGAL: Roy, summer is the time for shark attacks and horror movies, but now there's something really scary out there for kids. What is it?

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SAGAL: Just say nouns and we'll...

JR: Other kids.

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SAGAL: No. I should give you a hint - it's as bad Brussels sprouts and kale combined.

JR: It's some kind of monster vegetable.

SAGAL: It is. It is specifically...

JR: Broccoliman.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: Remember I said it was just as bad as Brussels sprouts and Kale combined?

JR: BrusselKale

SAGAL: It is in fact BrusselKale, yes.

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JR: Good.

SAGAL: Even though no one asked for it, a British company has come up with a way to combine kale and Brussels sprouts. They call it BrusselKale. Instead of refusing to eat two vegetables, kids only have to refuse to eat one.

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SAGAL: And already parents are using it as a threat - finish BrusselKale or you can't have any cakebrownie.

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GOLDTHWAIT: Is it a plant they made or are they just shoving these two things together?

SAGAL: No, they actually did this the old fashioned way as opposed to the genetic engineering, they just bred two plants together. Every heard of broccolini? This is BursselKale.

JR: The children are going to ask how do this do this. And we'll say - when you're a little odlder, we'll explain.

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JR: When two vegetables love each other very much.

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ROXANNE ROBERTS: When Mr. Kale meet Ms. Sprout...

GOLDTHWAIT: The mommy sprout puts a bag over her head.

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SAGAL: Bobcat, a scientific study released this week finds that what may actually prevent cancer?

GOLDTHWAIT: Smoking.

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GOLDTHWAIT: Well, I mean, you eventually stop.

SAGAL: That's true.

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SAGAL: I'll give you a hint, it's not silent but deadly - silent but healthy.

GOLDTHWAIT: Oh, really? Letting them fly?

SAGAL: No, even worse.

GOLDTHWAIT: Is - discharging?

SAGAL: No, no.

GOLDTHWAIT: Not doing it?

SAGAL: No, you're thinking about giving. I'm talking about receiving.

GOLDTHWAIT: Wow.

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GOLDTHWAIT: This show is so meta right now.

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SAGAL: I'm afraid of where you'll go unless I just give it to you so I'll say...

GOLDTHWAIT: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

SAGAL: The thing that may in fact prevent cancer is smelling farts. Good news, riding in a taxi could save your life. Scientists at the University of Exeter, who studied 500 of the unluckiest volunteers in the history of science, found that hydrogen sulfide, which is a gas found in human flatulence may have a role in preventing strokes, arthritis, cancer and anyone ever wanting to take a road trip with you.

GOLDTHWAIT: So, the next time I do that, I go, I'm trying to save your life.

SAGAL: Exactly.

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SAGAL: It comes down to the quality of life though. If that's the best way to extend your life, would you really want to live that long?

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ROBERTS: I think - I think this is going to make men feel better about themselves.

SAGAL: I think yes.

GOLDTHWAIT: Yeah.

JR: Is it all right if you sort of auto treat, if you see what I mean?

GOLDTHWAIT: Sure.

SAGAL: I think I do see what you mean.

GOLDTHWAIT: You would prefer that. You don't want - doctor get that burrito and get in here now - ASAP. We're losing him. This is a little unorthodox, but I'm saving your father's life.

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SAGAL: Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call and leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-9248-924. Or click the contact us link on our website, waitwait.npr.org. There, you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Seattle on September 18.

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