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Some of the most popular stories on the Web.


Did you just see MJ come running down the hall?



(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Very spry.

STEWART: Come on in.

BURBANK: Very spry.

STEWART: You're up next.


Thank you so much for tuning in. Alison Stewart, Luke Burbank here for you. And now it's time for the BPP's equivalent of the old senior yearbook. Who got voted most likely to get a laugh? Who got voted best hair? Most likely to end up drunk in a gutter in Queens?

I'm not going to tell you which staffer that was.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Also, most likely to end up on the BPP's round of the best of the Web, which we call The Most.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: All right, MJ, it was a good hustle down the hall. So…

MJ DAVIS: I mean, I was totally engrossed in the new Wu Tang CD. Sorry, guys.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Sure. It's happened to me before.

DAVIS: So my most comes from, where you can find a link to a pill for just $425 that can make you poop good or gold. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. It's real.

STEWART: And why would - did they give an explanation for why one should spend $425 to do such a thing?

DAVIS: Well, if you had a spare $425 and, you know, you're just looking for a little excitement in the bathroom, this might be the gift for your special loved one.

BURBANK: I don't want to go too far down this road, but was there a sort of like a photo in - on this story on dig? I mean…

DAVIS: No. Only in the capsules, which are so pretty because they're full of gold glitter. But there is no proof yet that your poop will actually look like gold.

BURBANK: This sounds like a job for Robert Krulwich.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: I think we need some experimentation here.


BURBANK: Wow. So wait. So wait a second. So they're…

STEWART: Wait. I think we're going down this road. Come on back.

BURBANK: So they don't even know if it's going to work.

STEWART: Come on back in the house.

DAVIS: I mean…

BURBANK: Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on. Just…

DAVIS: I mean, they tried it, but there's no photographic evidence…

BURBANK: Okay, just to put…

DAVIS: …to prove that it comes out glittering like gold.

BURBANK: They say it works, though.

DAVIS: They say it works.

BURBANK: All right. I'm just going to trust them on that.

DAVIS: Okay.

BURBANK: All right. Dan Pashman?

DAN PASHMAN: Hey, guys. We got the most e-mailed here from The New York -today's New York Times science section.

An ancient medicine, enjoy in moderation - all about humans' long and proud history with alcoholic beverages. A great quote here from a professor at University of Pennsylvania. "As far back as we can look, humans have had a love affair with fermented beverages."

This guy's an archaeological chemist at UPenn, which basically means he's been studying the history of human beings finding ways to get messed up.

(Soundbite of laughter)


PASHMAN: And he says, but it's not the humans. From fruit flies to elephants, if you give them the source of alcohol and sugar, they love it. And it's all about some of the different things over time that have made human beings drawn to alcoholic beverages, not just the feeling that some people may enjoy from drinking them, but also certain possibly evolutionary advantages to drinking alcoholic beverages. For instances, most fermented drinks need to be boiled at some points, which will kill off bacteria, thus living off alcoholic beverages in times of cholera, others for dysentery and other types of water-borne illnesses. You could actually be safer drinking alcoholic beverages.

And then, if those people survive while others days off, people with a penchant for drinking all that did produce, and as we all know, a penchant for alcohol can be inherited. And so over time, human beings may have actually evolved a taste for fermented beverages. And it goes way back. There are chemical traces inside 9,000-year-old pottery from Northern China that indicates that it was a wine drink made from rice, grapes, hawthorn and honey and wooly mammoth.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: I know that we're well past the, you know, the time of cholera and these things, but I'm not taking any chances.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: It's about survival, people.


STEWART: Into the control room, editor Tricia McKinney is a little bit under the weather, but a trooper.

TRICIA McKINNEY: Yes, yes. So please forgive the huskiness of my voice. I'm not trying to - yeah.

DAVIS: I find it sultry.

McKINNEY: Oh, great. Well, thanks.

STEWART: Okay, Brenda Vaccaro, hit us.

McKINNEY: All right.

So I have an article that's both the most e-mailed and most viewed at the Chicago Tribune, and it's not surprising because it's about Ron Paul. And, you know, anything about Ron Paul on the Internet, it just spikes way up there. So this is just a profile of two people in Manchester, New Hampshire, who are behind some of the big fundraising effort and some of the get-out-to-vote effort in the New Hampshire primary. The guy, Trevor Lyman, he's 37. He's the guy who spearheaded that online one-day fundraising movement that netted, you know, more than $4 million in 24 hours for Ron Paul.

BURBANK: And he's launching a blimp, I think.


McKINNEY: Yeah. And this also talks about the blimp. Apparently, he and this other guy, a 29-year-old guy named Vijay Boyapati, are roommates up in Manchester, New Hampshire. This other guy left his job at Google to become a full-time volunteer.

PASHMAN: Sounds like a good idea.

McKINNEY: They're trying to get a thousand out-of-state Ron Paul supporters to New Hampshire for the primary. They're going to put them in - they're renting houses. They've got, like, 20 houses across the state where these people are all going to be. And I think maybe the writer of this article may have coined a new term called wiki-paigning to kind of describe all the Internet efforts behind Ron Paul. So I just think it's, you know, it's just a fascinating phenomenon.

BURBANK: Thank you, Rita Cosby.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: (unintelligible). It's like when I (unintelligible)…

McKINNEY: I've got inside information about - my sources tell me that this is the most e-mailed and most viewed, and that's as far as I'll go.

BURBANK: Thank you, Trish, very much.

STEWART: Mine is from one of Google's most searched terms. It's Dana Perino, and if you think - if the name sounds familiar, she's the White House press secretary. She took over for Tony Snowe when he was ill. She became the full-time press secretary in the fall.

Well, she's 35 years old. She was born in 1972, and, you know, she is a pretty, you know, she's very beautiful, and she is a fairly easygoing gal. She was on WAIT WAIT…DON'T TELL ME over the weekend, playing the not-my-job game - which, you know, and the point of it is to ask people questions that they don't know a lot about. Apparently, her answers not to the reindeer questions they asked her are getting her in trouble. She admitted that she didn't know what the Cuban missile crisis was.



STEWART: And now the blogs have gone bananas with the fact that the White House press secretary wasn't sure what the Cuba missile crisis was when she was asked about it. But let's listen to her answer from NPR's WAIT WAIT…DON'T TELL ME.

(Soundbite of show, "WAIT WAIT…DON'T TELL ME")

Ms. DANA PERINO (White House Press Secretary): And so I got asked about the Cuban missile crisis, and I was panicked a bit because I really know about -nothing about the Cuban missile crisis.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. ROY BLOUNT (Columnist): It was just last week.

Ms. PERINO: It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure.

PETER SAGAL: Yeah, it had to do - it did, in fact, had to do with Cuba and missiles, Dana.

Ms. PERINO: Yeah, I know. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Really? You have to - like, I have to go Google this. I…

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MO ROCCA (Political Satirist): It's a tropical drink. You should try it on spring break.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. PERINO: Well, I came home and I asked my husband.

SAGAL: Yeah?

Ms. PERINO: I said, wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?


Ms. PERINO: And he said, oh, Dana.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Thing - the Bay of Pigs thing.

STEWART: There you go - Pigs thing.

Although she did have one of the greatest lines ever. She said that when she and her husband get in fights, sometimes he'll say don't use your White House voice with me.

BURBANK: You know, I'm conflicted about us even covering that Dana Perino thing because as journalists and as people that do a show, the thing that's the bane of our existence is people like Dana Perino coming on and being super boring, not letting their hair down. And then when they do, we all have to kind of make fun of them. I want more of those Dana Perino moments.


BURBANK: I want more of these people to admit that they have no clue what's going on.

STEWART: Well, in the big picture, if you heard the whole thing, she's actually pretty charming on this show. It's just - you know, this one thing. It is sort of an unfortunate thing not to know about it, you have to admit. Go…

BURBANK: Yeah. Well, yeah.

STEWART: Oh, yeah. Is that it?

BURBANK: That is The Most. You can find these stories and other - my voice just you cracked. I mean, seriously, I'm 31 years old. It's time for this to end, biology. You can find these stories and others on our Web site:

STEWART: My co-host, Peter Brady.

BURBANK: Seriously.

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