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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Watch Yer Step Pardner.


We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, go to, and you can find a link at our website, Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, a farmer in China was distraught this week after an unknown perpetrator broke into his farm and freed what?

JIM MAXON: I'm guessing - if it's - the livestock is too easy. I'm going to say his wife, his long-suffering wife.


SAGAL: No. The perpetrator's last act after he opened the cages was to turn on the light so they'd scatter.

MAXON: Cockroaches.


TOM BODETT: He stole the cockroaches.

CHARLIE PIERCE: He freed them.

SAGAL: He released - he freed one million cockroaches.


SAGAL: The story, which was first reported on by The Nightmare You Can't Seem To Wake Up From Gazette...


SAGAL: Is that the farmer had purchased $16,000 worth of cockroach eggs and had been raising the little bugs inside a...

AMY DICKINSON: Whoa, wait.

SAGAL: ...plastic greenhouse on his property. But this week, an unknown perpetrator snuck onto the farm, destroyed the greenhouse, releasing over a million cockroaches in the process. It was just like Pamplona's running of the bulls, except with more crunching.


DICKINSON: But wait, you can actually order cockroach eggs?

SAGAL: Apparently you can.

PIERCE: From Amazon.


DICKINSON: I like it.

PIERCE: No, no, no, not, the actual Amazon.


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