Limericks Carl reads three news-related limericks: A new hotel amenity; A royal brief; And when the honeymoon involves Zahelu.
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Carl reads three news-related limericks: A new hotel amenity; A royal brief; And when the honeymoon involves Zahelu.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924, or click the contact us link on our website at waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming shows in Miami, Florida, February 3rd and 4th and in Charleston, South Carolina, May 26th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

ANN BARKER: Hi, this is Ann from New Haven, Connecticut.

SAGAL: Hey Ann, how are things in New Haven?

BARKER: Very chilly, but good.

SAGAL: Cool. What do you do there?

BARKER: I work, actually, for a small nonprofit that does work in West Africa.

SAGAL: Oh really?

BARKER: Yeah.

SAGAL: So you travel a lot.

BARKER: Yes, definitely.

SAGAL: Where you been recently?

BARKER: Let's see, my husband and I did a little trip to Southeast Asia recently to both the Laos and to Vietnam.

SAGAL: Wow, how was that?

BARKER: Incredible, absolutely incredible.

AMY DICKINSON: You know, I was in Springfield, Illinois yesterday. So...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Ann, welcome to the show.

BARKER: Thank you.

SAGAL: Carl Kasell is going to read you three news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. If you can fill in that last word or phrase correctly on two of the limericks, you'll be a winner. Ready to play?

BARKER: Yes.

SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.

CARL KASELL, Host:

These undies are royally clean. Nobody knows what they've seen. The tabloids had rumors about the crown's bloomers. These undies belonged to the?

BARKER: Queen.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Good news.

BARKER: Oh my.

SAGAL: For collectors of British royal memorabilia. This week it was announced that a pair of Queen Elizabeth II's underwear would be up for grabs at the estate sale of a late Miami millionaire. He claimed he got them from a friend who found them aboard a private plane the queen once used. Now, though, we finally know what's in that handbag the queen is always carrying. A spare pair of underwear in case she mislays the ones she's wearing.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROY BLOUNT JR: Either that, or every time the queen gets on a plane, she gets comfortable.

SAGAL: That's true.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Here is your next limerick.

KASELL: When you travel from home in a jet, we know just how lonely you get. So we'll gladly lend a warm, furry friend. Our hotel offers rooms with a?

BARKER: Pet?

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Thanks to the Kimpton Hotel chain's Guppy Love program, you can now share your room with what the hotel calls one of its goldfish team members.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: They're not the only hotel to offer pets. At the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston you can go on a walk with a black lab if you like. And a string of New York hotels have long provided guests with adorable bedbugs.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT JR: I bet that's kind of a jaded black lab though.

SAGAL: Really?

DICKINSON: Yeah.

BLOUNT JR: Right up front it says, I don't lick.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MAZ JOBRANI: If they're giving you goldfish to keep you company, that just makes you feel even more depressed.

SAGAL: I know.

JOBRANI: You're talking to a goldfish?

SAGAL: You know, it's funny, they don't list the type of pet on your hotel bill. It just says companionship. It doesn't say what.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Nothing to be embarrassed about.

JOBRANI: I didn't mean to get the goldfish, you know, I clicked the wrong button and got a goldfish.

SAGAL: There is lonely and then there is renting a goldfish to talk to lonely.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That is sad.

BLOUNT JR: Couldn't afford the hamster.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Here is your last limerick.

KASELL: For this blue themed wedding I traveled far. Yes, I'm an adult and I have a car. Those phony N'avi don't do it for me. Blue PJs do not make an?

BARKER: Avatar.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The province in China which inspired the breathtaking scenery in "Avatar" is trying to cash in with Pandora Weddings. They offer nerd couples the "Avatar" experience, complete with blue N'avi in attendance. But it's nothing like the real Pandora. Said one bride, quote, "The N'avi were a couple of forestry workers dressed up in long underwear died blue, wearing some very unconvincing masks. It was really pathetic."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Pandora Weddings has apologized. They say they're offering disgruntled couples one of their other James Cameron packages, the Titanic Honeymoon Trip.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Ann do on our quiz?

KASELL: Three correct answers, Peter, and that's good enough to win our prize. Congratulations, Ann.

SAGAL: Well done, congratulations.

BARKER: Yay.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks so much for playing.

BARKER: Thanks guys.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.

BARKER: Bye-bye.

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