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KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We are playing this week with Helen Hong, Roy Blount Jr. and Adam Felber. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Thank you, Bill.
SAGAL: In just a minute, Bill speaks softly and carries a big limerick. It's the Listener Limerick Challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-WAITWAIT - that's 1-888-924-8924. Right now, panel, some more questions for you from this week's news. First, we're going to play a new game that we are calling...
KURTIS: Get A Life, Hack.
SAGAL: You know life hacks - those little tips that make life better? Did you know you could use your coffee mug as an iPhone speaker? And you can use your iPhone to make phone calls?
SAGAL: Well, this week, we read about a bunch of clever solutions to annoying modern problems. We'll give you a choice between two of them - just two. Pick the real one, we'll give you a point. Adam, between the crowds and the cold, seeing the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Times Square can be trying. According to the New York Post, clever tourists made it a little easier this year by doing what? Was it A, wearing adult diapers, so they didn't have to stand in line at the port-o-johns or B, cutting open Anderson Cooper and climbing inside him for warmth?
ADAM FELBER: And I thought he smelled bad on the outside.
FELBER: No, no. He smells great. I'm going to go with the other one (laughter).
SAGAL: Yes, it was the diapers.
FELBER: The adult diapers.
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SAGAL: Said one reveler, quote, "I'll definitely need to shower." Helen, sometimes you want to party, but your town prohibits public drinking. This week in Australia, some clever folks managed it. How did they do it? A, they built an eight-foot-wide island out of dirt several feet offshore, placing them in international waters, where they could legally drink or B, they dressed up as kangaroos because there is nothing in Australian law about where kangaroos can drink.
HELEN HONG: As much as I love kangaroo cosplay...
HONG: ...I'm going to go with the island thing.
SAGAL: The island thing - you're right, of course.
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SAGAL: That's what they did. The police inspector said, quote, "That's creative thinking. If I had known about this earlier, I would've joined them."
SAGAL: That quote, again, is from the person in charge of stopping public drinking.
SAGAL: Now, Roy...
ROY BLOUNT JR.: Yeah.
SAGAL: ...As we have mentioned, lots of "Star Wars" nerds have wanted to dress up as the villain Kylo Ren with those high-waisted pants. According to The Wall Street Journal, what life hack did some fans come up with in order to get that look right? A, buying the closest substitute, women's maternity pants, or B, simply not wearing pants and saying they were dressed as Kylo Kardashian.
BLOUNT JR.: I'm going to have to go with the maternity pants.
SAGAL: That's right.
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SAGAL: There's been a run on black women's maternity pants for this look. Said one 21-year-old...
FELBER: Women's black maternity pants.
SAGAL: Yeah, exactly. What did I say?
HONG: Black women's maternity (laughter)...
SAGAL: Said one 21-year-old "Star Wars" fan, quote, "I have a little bit of a beer gut, so they fit as intended."
SAGAL: Well, congratulations on making everybody's life a little easier. OK, panel. Some more questions for you from the week's news. Roy, Reuters reports that a number of high-end hotel chains, including Disney, Hilton and Hyatt, are renting out their ballrooms for certain professionals to practice what?
BLOUNT JR.: They're ballrooms. Certain - I mean, that could be anything. Ballroom dancers, ballroom...
SAGAL: This is not the sort of thing you would normally expect to see happen in a hotel ballroom.
BLOUNT JR.: Would you see it in another room of a hotel?
SAGAL: Yeah. Usually you would see it in say, medical schools.
BLOUNT JR.: Oh.
BLOUNT JR.: Practicing their dissection of corpses.
SAGAL: That's exactly right.
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BLOUNT JR.: Wow.
SAGAL: They're actually doing surgery on cadavers in hotel ballrooms. It's funny because you always expected that if you ended up getting your kidneys removed in a hotel, it'd be, like, a Motel 6, right?
SAGAL: Wake up. Bathtub filled with ice, right? Well, these are called cadaver labs, and they're a chance for doctors to practice surgical techniques on bodies...
FELBER: To Latin dance music.
SAGAL: And the Goldberg bar mitzvah will be in just as soon as you sew that body up, so...
SAGAL: So if you might freak you out to stay in a hotel where a dead body is being operated on, well, consider an Airbnb where that body was murdered.
BLOUNT JR.: (Singing) After the ball is...
Is it sort of like - in a ball, there would be lots of people dancing.
BLOUNT JR.: So are there lots of cadavers and lots of doctors?
SAGAL: Yeah. Presumably, if you need a big room, you need to have a lot of cadavers and a lot of people working...
BLOUNT JR.: You could cut in, probably, on some of them.
SAGAL: As it were.
FELBER: Mind if I cut in?
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