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Carl reads three news-related limericks, on: a new frontier for advertisers, how you're being replaced at work, and what's hiding under that yarmulke.

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 you can click the contact us link on our website, which is waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and our show in Oklahoma City on September 23. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

ESTHER WILL: Hi Peter, this is Esther Will from Tampa, Florida.

SAGAL: Hey, how are things in Tampa?

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

WILL: Hot.

SAGAL: So apparently you're immediate family is here, nice to see you.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: What do you do there in Tampa?

WILL: I do menu engineering for restaurants.

SAGAL: Menu engineering?

WILL: Yes.

SAGAL: What is involved in engineering a menu? Make it so that it folds in the middle.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, seriously, what goes into engineering a menu?

WILL: Well, we do mainly pricing, so if you were to open up a Peter's Pie Shop, I would tell you what to charge for your pies.

SAGAL: Isn't the answer always as much as humanly possible?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

WILL: Pretty much.

SAGAL: Well, Esther, welcome to the show. Carl Kasell is going to read you three news related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. Your job, fill in that last word or phrase correctly. Do that two times, you'll be a winner. Ready to go?

WILL: Yes.

SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.

CARL KASELL, Host:

At me, the girl fish let their lust flash, I'm well groomed which makes hearts in their bust dash. The ladies all flip at my hairy lip, the molly fish all dig a...

WILL: A mustache.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

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SAGAL: It seems hipster girls aren't the only rare species attracted to guys with mustaches. According to a new study by German biologist Ingo Schlupp...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...female Mexican molly fish also prefer males with fuzzy upper lips. Schlupp and her associates paired females with male mollies, some with whiskery faces, some without. And in every case the female schlupped the mustached fish.

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SAGAL: All right, very good. Here is your next limerick.

KASELL: Roller coasters give me a surprise, my mouth's open while I close my eyes. The bugs buzz around while I zoom up and down, so I'm swallowing too many...

WILL: Flies.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: It probably seemed like such a cool idea, put a roller coaster in a forest, like the British theme park Alton Towers did. Because, you know, there are so many bugs there that riders in the roller coaster can actually consume enough protein during the ride...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...that an overpriced lunch becomes unnecessary.

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SAGAL: After many person bug collisions on the ride, Alton Towers is now spraying down the ride with bug spray, area flies are lamenting the loss of their favorite ride, speeding mouths of doom.

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SAGAL: Here is your last limerick.

KASELL: Wonder Woman once gave skirts a chance, but with fashion she still must advance. She keeps stopping crime and keeps up with time, she's finally wearing some...

WILL: Pants.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Executives at D.C. Comics have decided it's time to dress the 69 year old Wonder Woman...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...in something a bit more age appropriate than her classic bustier micro skirt and knee high boots. Something, quote, "more functional and less costumey," or so said the New York Times. The choice, a sensible jacket and stretchy pants...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...this was a compromise after the first idea - a velour jumpsuit and mall walkers was rejected.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Esther did very well, Peter, three correct answers. Esther, you win our prize.

WILL: Yay.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Congratulations.

WILL: Thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much for playing.

WILL: Thank you.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.

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