PETER SAGAL, HOST:
We want to remind everybody they can join us most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Ill. For tickets or more information, just go over to wbez.org. And you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, a new study from the University of Michigan finds that one sign a person might be a sociopath is if they call constantly do what.
AMY DICKINSON: Am I doing it?
ADAM FELBER: Host radio shows.
FELBER: No, I kid.
DICKINSON: Wait, is it a behavior?
SAGAL: Yeah, it's a behavior. It's often a behavior that happens online on Twitter, in fact. It's a behavior that happens when people write into us, almost all the time.
DICKINSON: Oh, grammar.
SAGAL: Yes, people who write to correct your grammar and typos.
DICKINSON: I get it.
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SAGAL: People who correct typos and grammar. People are always begging the question - does pointing other people's errors make you a helpful person or an ass? And before you write in to tell me, I just misused the phrase begging the question, and I know you want to.
SAGAL: According to science, the urge to correct errors like that means you're a jerk. The researchers took a group of 83 people and they gave them all personality tests to sort them into what kind of person they are. And then they asked them to read and rate various essays and talk about the content. Some of the essays had typos and grammatical errors, some didn't. And what they found is that the people who were open and kind and generally forgiving just talked about what was written in the essays. They never noticed the typos. It was the asocial, introverted, crabby, unpleasant people that said, well, I can't read this. There's an apostrophe in the, your, when there shouldn't be.
DICKINSON: That - Peter, my - so...
FELBER: This is not making this audience laugh.
FELBER: Hurts a little bit, don't it?
DICKINSON: The truth hearts.
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BRITNEY SPEARS: (Singing) Oops, I did it again. I played with your heart, got lost in the game. Oh, baby, baby.
SAGAL: Coming up, our panelists get in trouble, and they lie about it. It's our Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play. We'll be back in a minute with more WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! from NPR.
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