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Welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. We are a tri-studio show today. I'm Alison Stewart, coming to you from KCPW in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I'm out here covering the Sundance Film Festival.

Rachel Martin back at headquarters…



STEWART: …from New York, right across from Bryant Park, and Korva Coleman is in…



STEWART: …Washington, D.C. at the mother ship.


STEWART: Mm-hmm.

COLEMAN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: That even though we're not on the same room, ladies, nothing can stop us from looking at the most e-mailed, most viewed…

COLEMAN: Not a chance.

STEWART: …and most commented songs - stories on the Web. Let's get to The Most.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: I think Ian's up first. He's directing the show by himself, and you're doing a Most, Ian?

COLEMAN: He is really overachieving today.

IAN CHILLAG: Hey, I'm here. Can you hear me?

STEWART: Multitasking.


COLEMAN: (Unintelligible), girl. Bored.

CHILLAG: You don't know the half of it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

COLEMAN: What do you got, Ian?

CHILLAG: Okay. This is the most awesome - I'm just going to call it - it's the most viewed video from National Geographic online. They found a time capsule from 1791 at a cathedral in Mexico City. There's a cross on top of the Dell Tower. And the cross was falling apart, so they went in to do some renovations. And at the bottom of the cross, they found this stone and inside the stone was all sorts of stuff from, you know, long, long ago.

Here's Liliana Giorgiolia(ph) from the National Institute of Archeology talking about it.

Ms. LILIANA GIORGIOLIA (National Institute of Archeology): (Through translator) It was a custom that's, in fact, still maintains in many constructions to leave behind some evidence, a testimony of the times of what was going on.

CHILLAG: So they found - in this little stone ball, there were 23 medals, five coins, five crosses, and there was a piece of parchment that said all of these are protections from the storms.


CHILLAG: Yeah. I had a time capsule when I was in kindergarten. It had Transformers in it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: And a picture of Tammy (unintelligible).

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: I think that says a lot about you and America.

CHILLAG: Yeah. Protections from the storms. I like that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: Thanks, Ian. We're going to move to Korva.

Korva, what do you have?

COLEMAN: Here's something to tense your palate. If you've out there searching for - get this - a haggis recipe. Yes, haggis.


COLEMAN: You've got to go no further than BBC.com. One of their fastest-moving searches is for haggis recipes. You, of course, will recall that haggis is a traditional Scottish pudding made out of…

MARTIN: Pudding. See, that's such a misnomer pudding.


STEWART: But then you think it's going to be delicious.

COLEMAN: It's not…


COLEMAN: Joel(ph) doesn't have the flavor. It's made out of - and boiled in sheep's innards. That's right.

STEWART: What the haggis…

MARTIN: I have so many sheep innards hanging around and I never know what to do with them.

COLEMAN: Well, no. Wait. There's more. There's a lasagna recipe for it. Here is the first three ingredients - get this - sheep's stomach, the heart and lungs of one lamb and two onions.

STEWART: And the eye of newt.

MARTIN: Onions, horrible.

COLEMAN: No, wait. There's even oatmeal, I suppose for…


(Soundbite of laughter)

COLEMAN: …a binding agent. So wait, here is the…

CHILLAG: Binding agent?

COLEMAN: You have a fifth direction here. Here is the number five thing you're to do. Spoon the mixture into the sheep's stomach so it's half full, so up the stomach with a strong thread and prick a couple of times so it doesn't explode while cooking.

CHILLAG: That's just common sense.

COLEMAN: Of course. Well, please - I love this - please serve with meat and patties.

MARTIN: Ah. You know what? This is a morning show. People - respect their breakfast…

STEWART: Oh, come on.

MARTIN: Thank you, Korva.

COLEMAN: Meats and patties. Turn up sympathy.

STEWART: Okay. Well, Dan, let's move to you. What do you got?

DAN PASHMAN: All right. Hey, guys, we have most e-mailed from Yahoo! News. Don't worry, Trish, you'll get your chance. Trish is getting a little hot and bothered over here. But it will be okay.

Osama bin Laden, who's - actually, has a lot of children. He's got 19 children. But one of his children, Omar Osama bin Laden, who looks a lot like his father, apparently doesn't want to act exactly like him because he says he wants to be a peace activist. He's going to build some bridges. He wants to be a, quote, "ambassador for peace between Muslims and the West." He's 26 years old. He does not renounce his father although he does want to be this bridge builder. He raised a tabloid storm in the Middle East last year when he married a 52-year-old British woman.

COLEMAN: Oh, I remember that story.

PASHMAN: He already is a little bit off the reservation, so to speak. But…

COLEMAN: (Singing) All we are saying…

MARTIN: Yeah. Give peace a chance.

PASHMAN: That's right. So no word yet on whether he's really going to really get his father and - I don't know - President Bush to the table that who…

COLEMAN: You know…

PASHMAN: …even if it's going to be it who wants the table. I don't even know.

COLEMAN: I don't even know what to say. I mean, that's sort of, you know, good effort.


COLEMAN: He's going to…

(Soundbite of laughter)

COLEMAN: Tricia.

TRICIA McKINNEY: A for effort. Sorry.

Okay. So I did one of my usual Google Trends rabbit holes this morning. It took me forever to figure out what this was all about. Among the top Google Trends search terms were words like homophone, cartographers, Lake Superior. And the number one was a quote from history. I'm not going to tell you what it was, but when you click on one, it also tells you what related searches people are searching for. And there you saw, you know, what is the lowest prime number? And I'm thinking what do all these things add up to and here's the answer. It's a game show that was on the air last night when these searches spiked.

(Soundbite of Game Show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?")

Mr. JEFF FOXWORTHY (Host): Three hundred thousand dollars, Lauren. Here's the fifth grade U.S. history question: What revolutionary leader famously uttered the words: Give me liberty or give me death in a speech at the Second Virginia Convention?

McKINNEY: So - that is the game show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" The contestant is Ms. America, Lauren Nelson. You heard the question. Anybody know the answer?

MARTIN: I know the answer.

PASHMAN: I know. I know.

MARTIN: I know. I know.

McKINNEY: Alison, do you know the answer? Not to put you on the spot.

STEWART: I think I know, but, you know, (unintelligible) a whole lot.

McKINNEY: Okay, Rachel, what's the answer.

MARTIN: Me. Me. Me. Patrick Henry.

McKINNEY: Patrick Henry.

STEWART: That's right.

McKINNEY: Yes, I knew the answer. Yehey.

STEWART: Okay, so let's see.

MARTIN: I can hang out with fifth graders now.

McKINNEY: Let's see if Ms. America knew the answer.

(Soundbite of Game Show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?")

Ms. LAURA NELSON (Miss America 2007): That's way too much money to risk.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. NELSON: I'm going to have to walk away and drop out of school.

Unidentified Woman: Oh.

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

PASHMAN: That's what they call it on the show? You drop out of school?

McKINNEY: Yeah, you drop out of school and then people applaud. But, anyway, she's won - she won $175,000 for her charity, The Miss America Organization Scholarship Fund.

McKINNEY: All right.

MARTIN: And she calls herself Miss. She comes off Miss America. She's embarrassing.

McKINNEY: At least she didn't said the Iraq.


MARTIN: Or make any reference to maps and the children, what (unintelligible) talking around.

MARTIN: Thanks, guys. I think that does it for The Most.

PASHMAN: All right, later.

MARTIN: See you next time.


PASHMAN: Bye-bye.



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