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ALISON STEWART, host:

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Hey, to show us what a topsy-turvy world we live in, if you check out the lead story at today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution and then the most e-mailed story from the paper's Web site - the one that people actually physically take the time to send friends - it'll show you the difference on the news consumer's mind.

LUKE BURBANK, host:

Yeah. The difference between what we, the classy journalists, want people to read and what lumpenproletariat wants to send to each other. At the AJC, the lead story is the fires in California, also a story we led with here on the BPP. The most e-mailed story, Kid Rock arrested at a Waffle House, fighting over a lady.

STEWART: That's people's choice time. Get set for the most viewed, read and popular stories in the Web. It's The Most.

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STEWART: Our producers are joining us in the studios to give us their most viewed or e-mailed. You gave this one with a straight face this morning, MJ, which I found sort of amusing that you did that at 5 a.m. Eastern Time.

MJ DAVIS: Well, it's hard to be funny at five. MSNBC's most viewed video was a toilet-shaped house being built in South Korea right now to promote awareness of the fact that not everyone has toilet and sewage infrastructure around the world. The toilet-shaped house is actually going to be like a hotel. For $50,000 a night, you can stay there, and the proceeds go to the South Korea Toilet Association. The roof deck - also a toilet lid.

STEWART: Nice.

BURBANK: I saw…

STEWART: Do I get (unintelligible) cans points if I…

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BURBANK: I saw that clip on MSNBC this morning, and it was muted - or NBC or something. And I didn't realize what it was. I just saw this building, and it looks exactly like the new football stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play. So I don't know if it was just happenstance, but they're playing in a giant toilet bowl.

STEWART: Coincidence, I'm not sure. Hey, let's go into the control room.

BURBANK: We've got Trish McKinney there. You've got - where is the story from, Trish?

TRICIA McKINNEY: Hey, this is the number two most e-mailed and number three most viewed at the Orlando Sentinel newspaper's Web site. And have you guys ever heard of ghost golfers?

BURBANK: No.

STEWART: No.

McKINNEY: Okay. Well, now, you have.

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McKINNEY: Apparently, there's this phenomenon that's happening at a golf - a retirement village in Florida that's kind of built around all these golf courses. And the whole idea of joining this community is you get to play free golf for the rest of your life. And apparently, the real big golf fans - like they have this system where if you play too much, you don't get a good tee time. So now they're getting around it by getting people who don't play quite as much to give up their identities so that these really overzealous retiree golfers can get more - can get the best tee times and more time on the course. And it's starting to - forgive me - tee people off.

BURBANK: Hey, hey, hey, hey.

McKINNEY: Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh.

STEWART: You are not forgiven. I'm sorry, but not forgiven.

McKINNEY: Hey, is this thing on? Is this thing on?

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BURBANK: So basically, it's like I'll trade you - I'll trade you 100 milligrams of, you know, whatever.

STEWART: Viagra.

BURBANK: Yeah. Little blue diamonds if you give me your 8:30 tee time.

McKINNEY: Yeah. This is a really good (unintelligible), what they give up to give up their identity. But I think that there's an investigative piece that we could do here.

BURBANK: All right.

STEWART: Ghost golfers in Florida.

McKINNEY: Exactly.

BURBANK: Yeah. A story that hit very close to home to us, brought to us by producer Dan Pashman. What's this all about?

DAN PASHMAN: Hey, guys. Yeah, this is most e-mailed of Yahoo! News: Emotions Run Amok in Sleep-Deprived Brains.

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PASHMAN: Essentially, it says - pretty interesting - that when you're sleep-deprived, your brain can actually revert to a more primitive level, and that you don't have the same kind of control over your emotions that…

STEWART: Tell me something I don't know, Dan.

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PASHMAN: Yeah. Which, I guess you could debate whether all of us have this control, even when we're well rested. But, yeah, and the people who did the study said that they figured they would find to some degree that your emotional center is real off-kiltered when you're sleep-deprived, but they were really taken aback by how extreme the shift is when you are sleep-deprived, how much you can lose control of your emotions. So…

BURBANK: I mean, this is the thing. There's also been studies that find being sleep-deprived if you're driving is very much akin to being drunk.

PASHMAN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: Yeah.

BURBANK: I mean, I think it's obvious we need to make this a lunchtime show.

PASHMAN: Yeah.

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BURBANK: Can you guys hear that? Kernis?

PASHMAN: If you guys need me, I'll be in my cubicle, crying.

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BURBANK: Yeah, exactly.

STEWART: Weeping.

PASHMAN: Sobbing quietly.

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