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ALISON STEWART, host:

Hey, welcome back to the Bryant Park Project from NPR News, online all the time at npr.org/bryantpark. We're going to get ready to Ramble with special guest Rambler, BPP editor Tricia McKinney, but Trish, you know what we have to do?

PATRICIA MCKINNEY: What?

STEWART: We have to say hi to Carl.

MCKINNEY: Hi, Carl. Carl?

STEWART: Upstate Carl.

MCKINNEY: Oh, my friend Carl!

STEWART: And my friend - sort of - Carl.

MCKINNEY: I thought you meant Carl Kasell. I was confused about which Carl.

STEWART: No, young Carl.

MCKINNEY: Young Carl.

STEWART: Not the Carl Kasell at NPR. Carl is a faithful listener to the Bryant Park Project.

MCKINNEY: He listens every day.

STEWART: So, just wanted to say hey. So, hey. Let's Ramble.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: Hey, Carl.

(Soundbite of music)

MCKINNEY: All right, I will start The Ramble. There is a couple from Melbourne, Australia that is alive today thanks to a pet. Usually this story involves a dog.

STEWART: Yeah.

MCKINNEY: This one is a rabbit, a pet rabbit.

STEWART: A bunny?

MCKINNEY: And guess what the rabbit's name is?

STEWART: Hercules! I don't know.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: His name is Rabbit.

STEWART: Oh.

MCKINNEY: How would an Australian say rabbit?

STEWART: Rabbit. Rabbit. Rabbit.

MCKINNEY: His name is Rebbit (ph). Anyway, Rabbit woke up from his sleep, scratched at the couple's bedroom door and alerted them that something was wrong. They searched the house and they found a fire starting in a back room. They all hopped to safety and... STEWART: How did the rabbit alert them? Shaking the ears...

MCKINNEY: Scratched at the - no, it scratched at their door.

STEWART: Oh, OK.

MCKINNEY: I've never had a pet rabbit, so I don't know what sounds they make. I know they make sounds when dogs chase them, but that's all I know.

STEWART: Yeah.

MCKINNEY: OK. So, anyway, they're all fine and, you know, happy rabbit. Good job, Rabbit.

STEWART: There is a lawsuit brewing between 50 Cent - 50 Cent, excuse me, and Taco Bell. Just want to make sure I'm correct there. 50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming that the restaurant is using his name without permission. It's this interesting - they used his picture in an advertisement that they want to advertise all of their food that's under a dollar. So, they're saying...

MCKINNEY: It's a print ad, right?

STEWART: Yeah. It's a print ad and it's his face and it says, hey, won't you change your name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent?

MCKINNEY: Hey, that's comedy gold.

STEWART: That is. It wasn't very funny to him since he didn't know they were using his name and his face.

MCKINNEY: Yeah. That's bad.

STEWART: And that's not so good. He is, I think, suing them for something like four million dollars. He's done this before. He has sued over his name and image. In '07, he filed a million-dollar lawsuit when an Internet-ad company used his image without permission in a game called "Shoot the Rapper." Yeah, that would make me mad, too.

MCKINNEY: Wait, though, can you read the quote from the Taco Bell guy?

STEWART: Of course.

(Reading) We made a good faith charitable offer to 50 Cent to change his name to either 79 Cent, 89, or 99 Cent, for one day, by rapping his order at a Taco Bell and we would have been very pleased to make a 10,000-dollar donation to the charity of his choice.

MCKINNEY: So, they wanted him to rap his order.

STEWART: Yes.

MCKINNEY: I mean, this whole thing, come on...

STEWART: I 'm on - I'm on 50's side.

MCKINNEY: I am, too.

STEWART: Completely on 50's side.

MCKINNEY: I'm not supposed to editorialize, but go 50.

STEWART: Well, and I'm on donating to charity's side as well, but come on, come on!

MCKINNEY: Right. So, speaking of food, not fast food like Taco Bell, this is Slow Food. There's going to be a big party in San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend. It's a Slow Food gathering. So, you will be able to eat your food quickly.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: That's not the point of Slow Food. You just - you know, the Slow Food movement. So, conference organizers, they're calling this the Woodstock Celebration of Food. Do not try the brown rice. Do not try the brown rice.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: So, they want to have a festival of delicious, sustainably produced edibles aiming to bring about social, ecological, and political change. So, there you go.

STEWART: All right. This is - this story has perhaps one of the funniest lines ever in it. I'll tell you the story, and then I'll read the line in the copy from the Bismarck Tribune, is where we found this story. There is a pantyhose bandit! It's happening in Milford, Mass. Dozens of pairs of pantyhose have been left near a school-bus stop, and as I say, causing sheer annoyance in the neighborhood...

MCKINNEY: Ah!

STEWART: That's not the good line, though. Some are old. Some are new. Some have been there for two years. One resident says she has picked up 43 pairs in a single day. Police say they do not have the resources to deal with this because the only real crime would be littering.

MCKINNEY: How do they know that the pantyhose were stolen?

STEWART: They don't. They're just laying around. Here's my favorite from the...

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: This is so good - from a local resident, she said the pantyhose dumping is, quote, "Weird. It's odd. It's scary for kids."

MCKINNEY: Yes. Pantyhose are scary.

STEWART: Pantyhose are scary.

MCKINNEY: Not really. No, I'm not scared of them.

STEWART: I am when I wear them.

MCKINNEY: That's true.

STEWART: Rarely, they're very uncomfortable. I don't like them.

MCKINNEY: That's a little TMI, Alison.

STEWART: Trish McKinney, thanks for the Ramble. Oh, yeah, hi, Carl.

MCKINNEY: Bye, Carl.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: All the links to these stories will be on our website, npr.org/bryantpark.

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