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. You can click the contact us link on our website - that's waitwait.npr.org. There, you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show February 7 in Savannah, Ga. And if you don't want to leave the house but still want some WAIT WAIT action, you can play our new interactive game on your smart speaker. Just ask your Alexa or Google Home to open the WAIT WAIT quiz, and Bill and I will be there with you - just the three of us - and you might even win a prize.
Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.
ALEXANDRA DAVIS: Hi, Peter. I'm Alex, and I'm in Lafayette, Colo.
SAGAL: Well, now, I know Colorado well, but I don't know where Lafayette is. Where's that?
DAVIS: Lafayette is 10 miles due east of Boulder.
SAGAL: And what do you do there?
DAVIS: I work - I actually work for the city of Aurora, and I manage their water resources division in the water department.
SAGAL: Oh, wow. Well, water resources out there in Colorado - that's pretty serious stuff. Do you have to fight people off with weapons?
DAVIS: All the time.
SAGAL: Yeah, I know.
SAGAL: Alexandra, welcome to the show. Bill Kurtis is going to read for 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 in two of the limericks, you'll be a winner. You ready to play?
DAVIS: Yes. I am so excited to play.
SAGAL: All right. That's great. We're excited to play with you. Here is your first limerick.
BILL KURTIS: Want to know our kid's gender? Good on ya (ph). Try this pasta dish baked by Aunt Tanya (ph). Well, what do you think? Is the cheese blue or pink? It's revealed by our tasty...
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SAGAL: Gender reveal parties are all the rage, meaning they're everywhere, and they make people very angry.
SAGAL: A chain Italian restaurant called Villa Italian Kitchen is offering a new way to reveal what kind of genitals your baby will have...
SAGAL: ...With their patented, exclusive gender reveal lasagna. If you're having a girl, the cheese in the lasagna, once you cut it and expose it, is pink. And, of course, if you're having a boy, the lasagna is full of sausage.
ADAM BURKE: Because there was a story - I don't know if you've heard of this - at least a couple times, one guy started a wildfire.
AMY DICKINSON: Yeah.
SAGAL: Oh, we were all over that story.
BIM ADEWUNMI: Yeah.
BURKE: But that's the thing. All these things reveal way more about the parents than about the children. It's not a gender reveal. It's a moron reveal party.
BURKE: It turns out you shouldn't have bred in the first place.
BURKE: We found out.
SAGAL: Here is your next limerick.
KURTIS: Our zoo likes its snakes to be slim. Their obesity problem is grim. Here's a pool and free weights and some Zumba at eight. We have built them a serpentine...
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SAGAL: It is a gym for snakes.
SAGAL: The Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia, has created the snake gym to help their chubby snakes lose some weight. Can you imagine how tough it is to lie about your diet when you're a snake?
SAGAL: Like, no, I didn't just gobble down four mice. And your friends are, like, oh, we can see them.
SAGAL: One, two, three, four. It'd be nice to have - the great thing about having snakes in the gym - now you have a great reason not to go.
BURKE: Oh, man. That's - whenever I eat a vole, it goes straight to the part of me that's not my head.
SAGAL: Exactly. Yeah. Bright side for snakes using a gym is that they don't have to spend a lot of money getting, you know, getting an outfit. Like, no, I don't need yoga pants. Just one tube sock, please. I'll be on my way.
SAGAL: All right. Here is your last limerick.
KURTIS: My comforter - how will I thank it? It's No. 1. That's how I rank it. A wedding to bedding you're never forgetting - that's it. I will marry my...
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SAGAL: If you thought...
KURTIS: That's it.
SAGAL: If you thought true love was dead in this sad, cold world, a woman in England is marrying her blanket - something that isn't actually alive.
DICKINSON: And they're not talking about, like, Michael Jackson's kid.
DICKINSON: This is an actual blanket.
SAGAL: Actual blanket.
BURKE: It's actually made me really rethink Linus from "Peanuts."
SAGAL: I know.
ADEWUNMI: Did you say she's from England?
SAGAL: She's from England, so she calls it her duvet.
DICKINSON: (Imitating British accent) Yes, correct.
ADEWUNMI: Oh, I was about to say...
DICKINSON: That makes...
ADEWUNMI: We never call them blankets.
SAGAL: I know. She calls it a duvet...
ADEWUNMI: That makes it all right.
SAGAL: ...Which, of course, makes it - it sounds more French and exotic, so...
SAGAL: Her name is Pascale Sellick, and she says, quote, "My duvet is the longest, strongest, most intimate and reliable relationship that I have ever had," unquote. If things go well, in about nine months, she'll have a new set of dish towels.
BURKE: She - I think she - I heard about this. She knew that things were getting serious with the duvet when she no longer put the cover on it.
SAGAL: Bill, how did Alexandra do on our quiz?
KURTIS: Congratulations. You got all three.
SAGAL: Congratulations, Alexandra.
SAGAL: Thank you so much, Alexandra.
DAVIS: (Laughter) Thank you. Bye.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS")
FOREIGNER: (Singing) I want to know what love is. I want you to show me.
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