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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Welcome back to the BPP.

It is now time for that famed segment. These are the all the beautiful little nuggets out there on the inter-Webs. The most e-mailed, viewed and searched stories on the Net. We've got our most awesome producers in here to tell us what you are e-mailing, what you're talking about, what you're thinking. We call it The Most.

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MARTIN: Daniel Pashman.

DANIEL PASHMAN: Hey, guys. How are you?

MARTIN: What do you have to bring to the table?

PASHMAN: I got - we'll call it most likely to be e-mailed by Dan Pashman.

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ALISON STEWART, host:

This category is one of my favorite.

MARTIN: The working title. The working title.

PASHMAN: Yeah. Although, I also - I do - it's from the L.A. Times. And so I think that once they start waking up on the West Coast, it'll end up being most e-mailed for real there.

But it's from the L.A. Times. Headline: "The Higher the Price, the More We Like It." And it's all about how - they did these wine-testing experiments to show how marketing tactics and high prices can convince you that a wine is better.

And - I mean, first of all, they told people our blind taste tests - and they told them which wines are more or less expensive. And they said, okay. We like the more expensive wine the best. But they also did brain scans, which showed that actually the pleasure centers in their brains responded according to the prices that they were told. So your brain actually - there was actually connection there. And I know you said you had some doubts about this story, Rachel.

MARTIN: Could you tell? My face is all squinched up in that really? So what?

PASHMAN: I think the point here is, I mean, clearly, I think most people could tell the difference between, I guess, a Chateau Lafite Rothschild and a wine in a box. But the point is that if you're choosing wines at a restaurant, the $50 bottle of wine might not be any better than the $30 bottle of wine, but you will convince yourself that it's better.

MARTIN: I guess. I'm just someone who - I think there are a lot of very good, cheap wines out there. But I can totally buy into that premise, that if someone tells me, ooh, I've kept this in a secret cave…

PASHMAN: Right.

MARTIN: …for a millennia, and it's only $3 million, and then I might - something in my brain might go…

PASHMAN: Right.

MARTIN: …you better enjoy it.

PASHMAN: They've done studies of this on vodkas, too. Premium vodka has become very popular. I got an ABC News article here and a New York Times article. Two separate blind taste tests, both of which showed that the…

MARTIN: That we're suckers, basically.

PASHMAN: Yes, exactly.

STEWART: Dan, I've known you - noticed you've gone from the food beat to the booze beat.

PASHMAN: Yeah. Yeah. Well…

STEWART: I'm a little concerned.

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STEWART: I just want to say.

PASHMAN: I'm sure I'll find some food-related articles (unintelligible).

STEWART: All right. Okay.

PASHMAN: Well, the next thing I'm going to do, actually, is booze-infused food.

STEWART: There you go.

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CAITLIN KENNEY: Love the wine sorbet. There you go. It's perfect.

PASHMAN: Yeah. That's right.

STEWART: Okay. Caitlin, you're up next. Where's yours from?

KENNEY: Mine is from MSNBC. It is five surprising things that give you headaches. The five things are perfume - which is sort of surprising, but not really. When someone wears a really strong perfume, it sort of gives me a headache…

STEWART: Yeah.

KENNEY: …especially the really flowery. Weather - that one surprised me. It said studies show that the headache-prone are especially attuned to changes in barometric pressure…

STEWART: Why are we…

MARTIN: I do, too.

KENNEY: Really?

MARTIN: Yeah, I get headaches.

KENNEY: Rising temperatures, high humidity, lightning and cloudy skies. And the next one, for any girls out there: earrings, headbands and ponytails.

MARTIN: Ponytail headaches…

STEWART: Anybody - you know that, when you let it down…

MARTIN: …all the time.

MARTIN: …and your hair, like…

KENNEY: Your hair stays, and you have to, like, rub your scalp.

MARTIN: Sorry, Dan, it's a very girl moment here.

PASHMAN: Yeah, I was saying, that sucks. I hate when that happens.

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KENNEY: Ponytail headaches are the worst, the worst.

PASHMAN: Totally.

KENNEY: The next one is hunger, you know…

STEWART: Yes.

KENNEY: …when your blood sugar level gets low. And the last one is sex. Apparently, headaches can occur while you're engaged in said activities.

MARTIN: I thought they were happening - they were supposed to happen before the sex happens.

KENNEY: It - yeah.

STEWART: Or doesn't happen.

MARTIN: Yeah, or doesn't happen.

KENNEY: Yeah. Apparently, it's a type of exertion headache.

STEWART: Oh.

KENNEY: So, yeah.

STEWART: No frozen ice cream (unintelligible)? I thought that was a leading cause of headache.

KENNEY: No. Well, I guess you could sort attribute that to the hunger category.

STEWART: Yes.

KENNEY: You're so hungry, you eat the ice cream so fast, you get the cold headache.

STEWART: And then you get frozen tongue?

KENNEY: Yeah.

STEWART: Sharon, you want to go?

SHARON HOFFMAN: Yeah, sure. Hi.

STEWART: Good morning.

MARTIN: Hi, guys. Our executive producer.

HOFFMAN: I've got - for the number two from Google Trends. It's the word leveret. And - leveret, you say? Well, it comes from a question in something called "The Young World Quiz" from last Friday's The Hindu newspaper in India. They should call it the mortifying, humbling, really embarrassing your own self youth world quiz, because…

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HOFFMAN: …you look at these questions - I'll get to leveret in a minute - but, I mean, forget about youth. I couldn't swing through this, much less than a kid. So, I mean, which country joined the euro zone by adopting a common currency into 2007? Anyone? Anyone?

PASHMAN: Ah.

HOFFMAN: I got it a Cypress behind me. Ian.

HOFFMAN: Thank God, for Ian. Name the eminent Indian cricketer, the inaugural winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy who celebrates his birthday last Friday.

MARTIN: Imran Kahn?

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HOFFMAN: Is that Dan Pashman?

PASHMAN: No.

HOFFMAN: And we get up to our Google Trends question, which is the leveret is the young one of a…

MARTIN: We know the answer.

STEWART: We know the answer.

HOFFMAN: Well, for you playing at home - the leveret is the young one of a hare - not a hair on your head, mind you…

MARTIN: A bunny.

HOFFMAN: …but a hare like a…

MARTIN: A rabbit.

HOFFMAN: …a bunny.

MARTIN: Okay.

HOFFMAN: So people really wanted the answer, and they Googled it up. Now you know.

STEWART: That sounds like a high-end "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

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MARTIN: We keep it high-brow here at the BPP.

STEWART: Yeah, Paulene. You're up.

PAULENE BARTOLONE: So I got the most viewed on Yahoo! News. Apparently, the mystery behind Mona Lisa's identity has been solved, or so some German experts have claimed.

MARTIN: Germans. Can't trust them.

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MARTIN: Kidding. I'm just kidding.

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MARTIN: What is that? I lived in Germany. I say that with affection. I'm just kidding. They're so trustable. That's what - go ahead.

HOFFMAN: We're going to get a whole lot of hate mail.

BARTOLONE: Well, these German librarians and academics found some notes scribbled in a book dating back 500 years. So we got to trust them, I think. And apparently, it's a name named Lisa - it's a woman named Lisa del Giocondo, and she's a wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant. I guess they've suspected it's been her for a while, but, yeah, I don't know. It's still doesn't say why she was smiling that way. So…

MARTIN: Well, that's the BPP…

BARTOLONE: …still a mystery.

MARTIN: Come back when you've figure that one out properly.

BARTOLONE: Exactly, okay.

STEWART: Ian, do you have one? Do we have time?

IAN CHILLAG: Do we have time? Yes.

STEWART: Go.

MARTIN: Quick.

CHILLAG: Okay, very quickly. This is a story - there's been a big mass transit site in Chicago. And so the governor, Blagojevich, is like, hey, old people, free rides for you. And you'd think the old people would be grateful. Sorry, senior citizens.

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CHILLAG: So the old people are, like, no, no. We don't want these free rides. You know, it's going to cost the CTA money. You're going to have to cut routes. One quote from Marion Chinney(ph), age 87. Of course, I'm not going to turn down a free ride, and I think it's a nice gesture. But I don't want them to cut routes. The other factor is if they get free rides, they might have to cut routes, which would cut off neighbors with the senior citizens in them.

STEWART: They're the people in Chicago, thinking about the greater good.

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: Thanks, Ian, for the sort of…

CHILLAG: I love of old people.

HOFFMAN: Thanks, everyone. Alison, you have one, but maybe we'll blog…

STEWART: You know, we'll save it. We'll blog it or save it.

MARTIN: Okay, it's funny.

STEWART: So thanks. That was The Most.

MARTIN: Thanks, guys.

KENNEY: Thanks.

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