Interject-songs! Whoomp! Have you ever noticed how many songs have interjections in the titles? Jonathan Coulton croons a few tunes with new interjections swapped in, and contestants must guess the original, exclamatory title.
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Whoomp! Have you ever noticed how many songs have interjections in the titles? Jonathan Coulton croons a few tunes with new interjections swapped in, and contestants must guess the original, exclamatory title.



This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg and I'm always right, at least for the duration of this show. OK, we have a great show for you with all kinds of highbrow quizzes. I've recently realized that listening to this show makes you a better guest, and a more interesting guest, at dinner parties. Yes. As long as your dinner parties involve trivia.


EISENBERG: Speaking of interesting, let me introduce you to our ASK ME ANOTHER puzzle gurus. This is Art Chung.

ART CHUNG: Hey, Ophira.

EISENBERG: And Will Hines.

WILL HINES: Greetings.

EISENBERG: Greetings.


EISENBERG: They will be leading us in puzzles later on in the show, but first let me introduce you to the man behind the guitar, who is going to be leading us in song and our very first game, Jonathan Coulton.



EISENBERG: And we have our first two contestants. Hello. Please welcome Amy Prohaska and Laura Detmer, everybody.


EISENBERG: So Amy, I know that you're a writer at Rocker magazine.


EISENBERG: Love that. But you're into Tiki culture?

PROHASKA: I am in fact into Tiki culture.

EISENBERG: Well what does that mean, being into Tiki culture?

PROHASKA: It involves rum.


COULTON: Oh yeah, I like that. I like that too, yeah.

PROHASKA: Floral shirts, little more rum, some surf music and then some more rum.


EISENBERG: So it's an excuse for rum?

PROHASKA: Pretty much, yeah.

EISENBERG: And you have a Tiki name?

PROHASKA: I do. My Tiki name is Sweet Lelani.

EISENBERG: Sweet Lelani.


EISENBERG: Amy, we're going to be referring to you as that for the rest of our show, Sweet Lelani.

PROHASKA: And that's fine because it took me a while to come up with that name.


EISENBERG: Sweet Lelani.


EISENBERG: All right, and we also have Laura. Are you into Tiki culture? Now you are, right?

LAURA DETMER: I - Yeah, I've never heard of it, but sign me up.

EISENBERG: Laura's from Poughkeepsie, New York, and my producer told me that recently you were on a business trip to Guatemala and what - you bought a ticket on a discount airline, and while you were there the airline went out of business.



EISENBERG: How did you get back?

DETMER: We got back, but it cost us more for the one flight back than the entire rest of the trip, so it was a plan, it was a scam all along though. It's weird.

EISENBERG: You had no idea. All right, well you guys, you're going to be great in our first game. It's called Interject-songs. Interject-songs.


EISENBERG: Jonathan, is that the best title we could come up with?

COULTON: I'm not responsible for the title. I don't... An interjection, of course, is a part of speech. It is a kind of word that you use to express excitement or emotion. Generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, followed by [unintelligible].

EISENBERG: OK, guys, Jonathan will be singing songs with interjections in their title, but he will be replacing them with an interjection he totally makes up. So your task is to ring in and tell us what the right interjection is. Then you both will get a chance to answer a follow-up question, and whoever gets the most questions right moves on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. But wait for him to finish singing the entire clue before you ring in, because we're trying to get our money's worth on this guy. OK?

COULTON: (Singing) Yikes, I did it again, I played with your heart, got lost in the game, oh baby, baby, yikes.



EISENBERG: Oops is right.


EISENBERG: We are also going to ask you a follow-up question after each one and, doesn't matter who rang in you, both can answer this question. So here's your first one. There's a bit of dialogue in the middle of "Oops, I Did It Again," did you know that? Yes, you did. In which Britney's lover gives her something "the old lady dropped in the ocean," which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to what movie? Laura.

DETMER: Titanic?

COULTON: Correct.


COULTON: (Singing) Shucks child, things are going to get easier. Shucks child, things'll get brighter.




PROHASKA: I'm sorry, ooh.

EISENBERG: Oh yes, a little - yeah, like it when you sing it. That is correct. Although I do like shucks child.


EISENBERG: Like adorable.

COULTON: It's a... it's a little more folksy.

EISENBERG: According to the Wordsworth poem "My Heart Leaps Up," "the Child is father of" what? Shall we throw it out to the audience, see if anyone knows? Yes.




EISENBERG: That was the aah of four people, by the way.

COULTON: (Singing) Just three words when you're getting busy, Geez there it is. Geez there it is. Geez there it is. Geez there it is. Geez there it is.


COULTON: I think Laura has an answer.

EISENBERG: Sorry. Laura.

DETMER: Is it whoomp?

EISENBERG: Yes, it is.


EISENBERG: That version I could not tell. I know, because that's the - that's what they play at the chess club.


EISENBERG: It is fantastic.

COULTON: I thought I did a pretty good job with that one.

EISENBERG: You did an amazing job. OK, what French interjection loosely translates to "there it is"? Amy.


EISENBERG: Voila. Correct, yes. Voila is correct.


COULTON: (Singing) Golly gee whiz, golly gee whiz, golly gee whiz, golly gee whiz.


PROHASKA: Hallelujah.

EISENBERG: Yes, hallelujah.


EISENBERG: You've got that one correct. What Baroque composer wrote "The Hallelujah Chorus," part of his 1741 oratorio "Messiah"? Laura.

DETMER: Brahms? I don't know ...

EISENBERG: Oh. I love that you're like, I don't know, I'm just playing the game, that's what you're supposed to do. You're doing the right thing. Can Amy chime in?

CHUNG: Amy can chime in.

EISENBERG: For a point.

CHUNG: Sure.

EISENBERG: Yeah, all right.



EISENBERG: Handel it is.

CHUNG: Handel, Handel, Handel.


EISENBERG: George Frederic Handel.

COULTON: (Singing) The river was deep but I swam it. The future was ours so let's plan it. Please don't tell me to can it. I've got one thing to say and that's jeepers, Janet. I love you.





EISENBERG: An exciting word to say on the radio.

PROHASKA: Yeah, just reminds me of "Schoolhouse Rock."

EISENBERG: "Schoolhouse Rock" exactly.

PROHASKA: Well "Interplanet Janet." I don't think they say dammit.


COULTON: No, I don't think that was part of "Schoolhouse Rock," yeah.

EISENBERG: On "Schoolhouse Rock"? No, no. OK, On "Saturday Night Live," Will Ferrell frequently portrayed the former US Attorney General, Janet Reno, in a sketch called what? Yes, Laura.

DETMER: I'm really a man?


EISENBERG: That was the subtitle of the title.

COULTON: Are you a comedy writer, Laura? Because...

EISENBERG: Let's throw it to the audience. Does anyone know what it's called? Yes.


EISENBERG: Dammit Janet?

CHUNG: That was the last question.


EISENBERG: That's right, Janet Reno's Dance Party is the answer.


COULTON: (Singing) Color my hair, do what I dare. Wo, oh, oh. Totally free, yeah, to feel the way I feel. Gosh! I feel like a woman.



EISENBERG: Man is correct.


EISENBERG: Shania Twain also from Canada, like myself.

COULTON: Congratulations to both of you.


EISENBERG: Yes, she's doing just fine. In 1977, transsexual Renee Richards won a landmark court case allowing her to participate in what major sporting event? Amy. Yes.

PROHASKA: It's a tennis thing.

EISENBERG: It's - it is a tennis thing. Yeah, we're going to need a little more.

PROHASKA: Wimbledon?

EISENBERG: Mmm, it's a good idea, but wrong.








DETMER: Sorry, she served it up for me.

EISENBERG: You guys kind of helped each other out on that one.

DETMER: Yes, thank you.

EISENBERG: Would you have gotten that otherwise, Laura?


EISENBERG: Good, OK, yeah. Next time say yes.

PROHASKA: You're welcome.


EISENBERG: Oh, I love it when the contestants create a relationship. All right. Amy, you scored more points, so you will be moving on to the end of the show for Ask Me One More round. Congratulations.


EISENBERG: Laura, a fantastic contestant and hilarious.



EISENBERG: Thank you, guys.

COULTON: Souvenez-vous il y a une disque avec un chien? Un chien qui porte une cravate, comme un home. Je veux dire, le chien est comme un homme, pas la cravate. Je suis Rick Springfield. Ici dans le bar. Je suis un chic type, qui joue la guitar. Je suis celui qui suis aux Etats-unis: un superstar. Je suis Rick Springfield. Je suis Rick Springfield.


EISENBERG: Once again, thank you to Jonathan Coulton.

"Je suis Rick Springfield."

COULTON: No, tu n'est pas Rick Springfield.

EISENBERG: Pas doit, non. C'est domage.

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