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Some of the most popular stories on the Web, including a profile of the New York Giants quarterback.


Hey, welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. We're always online at npr.org/bryantpark.

Coming up on the show, we're going to talk to the first Ms. America pageant contester to have ever served in a combat zone.



STEWART: I have a little-girl crush on Jill Stevens. I'm just admitting it right now.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GAGLIANO: It makes me want to salute.

STEWART: Well, you can.

GAGLIANO: Okay, I will.

STEWART: She's a sergeant. So that will happen.

GAGLIANO: It's going to have to.

STEWART: Very shortly. But first, we want to get to the most e-mailed, the most blogged and most commented and the most popular stories on the Web. We call this segment The Most.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: All right. It says I'm going first, but I'm willing to pass off to Dan first.

DAN PASHMAN: Hey, guys, how are you?

GAGLIANO: How are you, Dan?

PASHMAN: I'm all right. Thank you.

I have most e-mailed here from The New York Times sports section. It says - an interest - an sort of human interest look at Eli Manning, the quarterback…

STEWART: Oh, that's The New York Giants, Dan, ha?

PASHMAN: Yeah, I know, it's really…

STEWART: How did you find it the most about the New York Giants?

GAGLIANO: It's really strange.

PASHMAN: I just stumbled upon it. Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: Well, Ali, my beat for a while is food then I went to alcohol, now I'm on football.

STEWART: That's right.

PASHMAN: And presumable, I'll go back to food.


GAGLIANO: There's a certain connection between the three of those.

PASHMAN: You got it, clearly. All right. Anyways, it's the article is about Eli Manning. He's the quarterback of the Giants and as a lot of folks know, his father Archie Manning was a great quarterback. His older brother Peyton is a great quarterback. So there's always been a lot of pressure on Eli to succeed since he was drafted number one. And for a while, he had been on shaky ground under a lot of criticism, and he's really coming to his own - helping to lead the Giants to the Super Bowl this year.

It's an interesting article about the fact that Eli is the youngest of the three boys, and that his father and his two older brothers around the dinner table were really - they were the vociferous ones. They are the ones with a lot to say. And Eli and his mom were kind of the ones who took a backseat. And it wasn't until his older brothers left home, and Archie was traveling a lot, and Eli and his mom really bonded. They went out to dinner once a week, just the two of them and…

GAGLIANO: Did they have teas?

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: Perhaps. A lot - they were in New Orleans, so a lot of Cajun food according to the article.

GAGLIANO: All right.


PASHMAN: But Archie says, referring to his wife and his son Eli, quote, "They have that special bond that you see between mamas and their baby boys."

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: But the key here is that while Olivia Manning, Eli's mother, was always the quiet one, they all say, behind the scenes, she ran the household.

GAGLIANO: Oh, hell, yeah.

PASHMAN: Right. And so, we're thinking Eli might be, in many ways, the same - a little quiet, unassuming, but actually very much in charge.

GAGLIANO: Absolutely. And if the Giants get the win, we know who to blame.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GAGLIANO: That's right.

PASHMAN: And another quick most here. We'll say it's from newsday.com. It is most e-mailed there. It's the most e-mailed all over the place. And that is the that New York Mets are on the verge of acquiring Johan Santana, a pitcher from the Minnesota Twins, who is pretty much hands down the best pitcher in baseball right now. It's a massive trade. Basically, the guy had one more year in his contract. The Twins were not going to be able to afford to re-sign him, so they thought trade him while we can still get something for him, otherwise he leaves next year and we get nothing.


PASHMAN: And so the trade is still contingent upon the Mets negotiating a deal with Santana that will probably run somewhere around in the neighborhood of $120 million.


STEWART: Wow, mindboggling.

PASHMAN: Thanks.

STEWART: All right. Producer Caitlin Kinney, step up to the mic.

CAITLIN KINNEY: Okay. I've got the most read story from the San Francisco Chronicle. But the story actually happened just outside Pittsburgh.

GAGLIANO: Those are my people, by the way, I got to say.

KINNEY: So you should be proud of this headline.

GAGLIANO: Oh, I'm really super proud of this one.

KINNEY: "Boy Put in Dog Cage After Spiking Drinks."

(Soundbite of laughter)

GAGLIANO: What is that? - that's just common practice.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GAGLIANO: I've been put in dog cage, like…

KINNEY: Apparently.

PASHMAN: Spiking drinks or being put in dog cages?


(Soundbite of laughter)

GAGLIANO: About 50 times, I've done this. Anyway, whatever. Tell your story.

KINNEY: Okay. A woman in southwestern Pennsylvania locked her 10-year-old grandson in a dog crate for about 90 minutes because he told their family he's been spiking their drinks with lamp oil and household cleaner. Not so tasty. The woman said if people from the Washington County Mental Health Department didn't come get him that she'd bury him alive in the backyard.

GAGLIANO: They - he told them? No. What was that?

KINNEY: Yeah. Well, apparently, he was upset because he didn't get to go on a trip last year, so maybe he thought if he confessed his wrongdoing, they would change their minds. I'm not sure…

GAGLIANO: Yeah. If you live Pittsburgh you could understand why a trip out of town might be something you'd really…

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: Did it say how long it took them to figure out that they were drinking cleaning products?

KINNEY: They said that he's been doing it for a while and family members became sick, but no one was hospitalized, so that sort of a thing. But the violence continued in the family. The boy's 24-year-old brother actually punched his younger brother. And when asked why he would punch a 10-year-old, he said it's better than what I wanted to do to him. So, apparently, it's pretty rough.

STEWART: I don't want to go in these people's homes. No.

PASHMAN: Yeah. It sounds like they're all fired up on Windex.

GAGLIANO: By the way, I have to take back my…

KINNEY: You can't. It's too late.

GAGLIANO: I have to take back. It's a fine town. This is not representative of Pittsburgh. I promise you.


GAGLIANO: All right. What do we got here? There's one (unintelligible).

STEWART: Trish McKinney, our editor from the control room.

TRICIA McKINNEY: Hello. Hello. I'm in here…

GAGLIANO: All right.

McKINNEY: …behind the glass wall.

GAGLIANO: Rock it.

McKINNEY: Okay. So, I got on the Googler again this morning, and you know, I got to stop doing that because it's getting - it's just eating up my day. So the number one on Google Trends when I first checked it was Vinson Massif, which is the actually the name of the highest mountain in Antarctica. And the reason people were probably searching for that is a 71-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to scale all seven, they call them the Seven Summits. You have to climb the highest mountain on each of the continents. And so he climbed Mount Vinson Massif and he now is the oldest Japanese person to do the Seven Summits, okay.


McKINNEY: So, then I was checking it again this morning and who's on number one Google trends now? Her name is…

GAGLIANO: Paris Hilton.

McKINNEY: No. No, no, no.


McKINNEY: Her name is Ines Gomez Mont, and she is a TV Azteca reporter, that's a Mexican television station, and she went to Super Bowl Media Day…

KENNEY: I know her (unintelligible)…

GAGLIANO: Oh yeah…

McKINNEY: …wearing a wedding gown and she spoke to Tom Brady. Let's hear what she said.

Mr. TOM BRADY (Quarterback, New England Patriots): There's a woman in of wedding dress.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. INES GOMEZ MONT (Reporter, TV Azteca): I'm in love with you.

Mr. BRADY: Are you really?

Ms. MONT: Will you marry me, please?

Mr. BRADY: Wow.

Ms. MONT: Marry me, please, baby.

Mr. BRADY: I've never had a proposal. What's your name first?

Ms. MONT: My name's Ines.

Mr. BRADY: Ines. That's beautiful name, Ines.

Ms. MONT: TV Azteca. Marry me.

Mr. BRADY: What?

Ms. MONT: I'm the real Mrs. Brady.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. BRADY: Well, I've got a few Mrs. Bradys in my life.


McKINNEY: Oh, yes he did.


McKINNEY: Anyway, he very nicely declined her proposal. Apparently, she also asked Eli Manning to marry her.

GAGLIANO: The - oh, man. She's just shameless.

McKINNEY: She just wants her odds to be good.


McKINNEY: That's all.

GAGLIANO: That Ines.

STEWART: All right. Trisha McKinney, thanks a lot. I'm going to save mine until tomorrow, I think. I'll tell you the headline: Air purifier draws scrutiny. It's the most e-mailed at the Wall Street Journal, you can look it up.

GAGLIANO: Yeah. Breathe, sleep well.

STEWART: That headline kind of depresses me. (Unintelligible) what the story about. All right.


STEWART: We're done. Oh, Dan, Caitlin, Trisha, thanks a lot.

GAGLIANO: Nice to have you.

PASHMAN: Thank you.


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