Busted for a $1 Million Bill
ALISON STEWART, host:
You decide, we report on the most e-mailed, read and commented stories on the big news Web sites. Let's bring in THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT's players for The Most.
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STEWART: And by that, I'm here with our production staff. I'm going to start with editor Trisha McKinney in the control booth. Everything okay? You're ready to go in there?
TRISH McKINNEY: Oh, yeah. I'm just juggling a lot of papers. I don't really have anywhere to put stuff. Anyway…
McKINNEY: And I hit the mic. Sorry, everybody. Okay. So I'm going to start with some of the most searched terms on Google. This is per Google trends, and they are - they were just a weird mish-mash, but, it turns out, they're all related. They were USB dancer, slingshot monkey and stupid.com.
So it turns out that stupid.com is the Web site that just put out a ranking of stupid holiday gifts. And some of those things that I also mentioned made the list. Let me take you through a few of them. Including the electronic yodeling pickle - it is a six-and-a-half inch, plastic pickle with a high-tech interior. When you press its button, it belts out a yodel reminiscent of the Swiss Alps.
Another one, this one we actually own in the McKinney household. It is a Poo-lar Bear. It is a little plastic polar bear filled with candy poop. Someone gave it to my husband last year, and when you press down on its behind, it poops out a little jelly bean.
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McKINNEY: That's real, you know, it's hours amusement in the McKinney household.
STEWART: Can we mention that Trisha was on "Jeopardy" three times?
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DAN PASHMAN: I cannot imagine your home life.
STEWART: She won three times.
McKINNEY: Someone gave it to us. Okay. But we do enjoy it. Okay. So then the USB dancer, I'm just going to point out that that was the number one most searched one on Google trends because just to give you a picture of who's on the Internet. It is a bikini-wearing dancer. You plug it into your computer's USB port, and when sound plays through your system, she dances and gyrates around a little stripper pole.
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
Okay. This is a family show, can I remind you?
McKINNEY: This wasn't the number one. This wasn't number one for stupid.com, but it was number for me and for Alison. Alison, do you remember this sound?
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STEWART: It's the screaming monkey.
PASHMAN: Oh, that's lovely.
McKINNEY: That's the slingshot monkey.
STEWART: Slingshot monkey.
McKINNEY: We used to have one in our office back in MSNBC.
McKINNEY: So that's on the list, too.
STEWART: That's what we did in between interviewing generals. We take the slingshot monkey across the studio.
PASHMAN: So it makes the sound when you throw it.
STEWART: Yeah. You throw it, and it makes that monkey-screeching sound.
McKINNEY: It's awesome.
STEWART: Okay, entertaining me and Trish, that's about it. Okay, Trish, we're actually going to MJ. We might go back to you for that final one. MJ, you're up next.
MJ DAVIS: Hello. A New York judge was suspended yesterday for something he did in 2005. He jailed an entire courtroom audience because no one would own up to a ringing cell phone. In March 2005, Judge Robert Restaino was covering a domestic violence case and…
PASHMAN: Yeah, yeah, talk to the mic there, MJ.
DAVIS: Hello, mic.
DAVIS: He was covering a domestic violence case in Niagara Falls. And according to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, he proceeded to go through two hours of inexplainable madness. He acted without any semblance of a lawful basis and behaved like a petty tyrant.
STEWART: Oh, I don't - I have to disagree here. In the movie theater, when somebody's phone is going off and they don't 'fess up…
STEWART: I'm for the judge.
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MARTIN: I am, too.
STEWART: I'm just going on the record for that.
DAVIS: The judge's explanation was that he's been under a lot of personal stress, and he apologizes to the 14 people who actually ended up in jail.
STEWART: All right, maybe jail is a little harsh, but I'm still on his side theoretically.
Dan, you love the Yahoo! News.
PASHMAN: Hey, Ali. How are you?
STEWART: I'm well.
PASHMAN: I do. Yeah. Interesting development here, we're about 25 years into China's one-child policy, and so a lot of those kids are now becoming young adults, and it appears they're having some relationship problems because a lot of these kids were all raised as only children.
They are these - to use the term - emperors and empresses to describe some of these children who have been so coddled by their parents and grandparents as the only child in the family that they don't really know how to form bonds, how to put other people's needs ahead of their own. They're accustomed to kind of getting their way. The divorce rate is going up as a result, especially among young people who appeared to not take marriage as seriously as their parents -just sort of interesting unintended consequence of the one-child policy there in China.
STEWART: Interesting article.
PASHMAN: I thought so.
STEWART: And it has nothing to do with food.
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STEWART: Which is usually what Dan brings in.
PASHMAN: That's usually my beat; I can't lie.
STEWART: His Most usually has to deal with food.
STEWART: Okay. Hey, Rachel, what do you have?
MARTIN: I have a disturbing story. This is not - you would expect this in Kabul, Baghdad, you know, when you're walking around and you trip over live ammunition or even a dead one. But just, you know, it happens. Well, it's also apparently happening in Florida. Residents in this Orlando neighborhood are stepping very carefully these days since they found a - some live explosive next to a middle school, a daycare center, homes and businesses, which is totally freaky. And apparently, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said she - all she can do is tell people to, you know, abide by the three Rs - recognize, retreat and report suspected bombs.
PASHMAN: I had no idea there were three Rs.
MARTIN: Did you guys know that?
STEWART: That's a little upsetting.
MARTIN: After reading, writing arithmetic, it's recognize, retreat and report.
PASHMAN: Yes. Stop, drop and roll.
STEWART: I'm going to remember that. And before we finish up The Most, Trisha McKinney, we're going bookend this with our editor. You have one?
McKINNEY: Yeah. This is a…
STEWART: I haven't forgotten you, Matt. Don't worry.
MATT MARTINEZ: Oh, thank you. Thank you.
McKINNEY: This is the most viewed story on msnbc.com. I'll keep it short. Basically, the headline, Man Tries to Deposit Fake $1 Million Bill. This is the guy from Georgia, went over into Clearwater, South Carolina, and went into a bank and tried to deposit a fake $1 million bill in order to open an account and was, of course, arrested. There's a picture of the bill online, and I think we're going to put it on our Web site. It's a very crumply looking - and I'm trying to figure out which president is on it.
PASHMAN: Looks like Taft.
McKINNEY: Yeah, I thought it looked like Taft but, you know, I don't know.
MARTINEZ: Could be Cleveland, who knows?
McKINNEY: Could be. Anyway, it's - there's never been a million dollar bill. So this guy…
STEWART: There hasn't?
McKINNEY: I think he maybe just added a few too many zeroes because there has been $100,000 gold certificate.
STEWART: Who says this is a news you can't use?
MARTIN: This has been very valuable.
STEWART: Now we all know.
McKINNEY: Yes, yes. Ladies and gentlemen who want to commit a forgery, no $1 million bill.
STEWART: All right. Trisha, Dan, MJ, Rachel, thanks for your Most. We have senior producer Matt Martinez who's got some Most with a bonus, don't you?
MATT MARTINEZ: Most with a bonus - most with an actual report attached to it. It's one of the most e-mailed stories in npr.org because I'm the npr.org guy unofficially. It's from NPR's Adam Davidson, our international business and economics correspondent. He gives me $5 every time I say his title it's very long. It's about a town called Fort Payne, Alabama, and Fort Payne just happens to be the sock capital of the world - well, they used to be. There used to be more than 150 sock factories there - it's pretty unbelievable - but most of them have closed because cheaper socks are coming from China, Pakistan, Honduras. And it's actually been really devastating for them.
And here's Adam's report on the effort to protect what's left of the town's remaining sock makers.
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