Whistle While You Work In this audio quiz, contestants hear clips from popular songs that feature whistling and ring in with the name of the song or artist.
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Whistle While You Work

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about whistling while you work, which is the second most annoying thing you can do in the office after microwaving fish.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Let's check in with our contestants. Nina.

NINA GLICKMAN: Yes.

EISENBERG: So in 2008, you were part of a club.

GLICKMAN: Yes.

EISENBERG: Not just any club.

GLICKMAN: Not just any club.

EISENBERG: The Corduroy Appreciation Club.

GLICKMAN: Yes.

EISENBERG: All right...

GLICKMAN: The CAC.

EISENBERG: The CAC. I'm sorry.

(LAUGHTER)

GLICKMAN: I mean...

EISENBERG: I wasn't aware of the union behind it...

GLICKMAN: ...We have to be accurate.

EISENBERG: And how did this club work?

GLICKMAN: You went to the Montauk Club wearing at least two items of corduroy, and you drank.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And it's no longer? What happened?

GLICKMAN: I have no idea. I'm...

EISENBERG: Clearly, you are a...

GLICKMAN: Sadly...

EISENBERG: ...Hardcore part of this group.

GLICKMAN: I do know that probably 11/11/11 was really an exciting day because that's the date that most resembles corduroy.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: CAC Day.

GLICKMAN: CAC Day - so just keep that in mind for the next time that happens.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So Kate, you operated a dinosaur puppet for a number of years with a show called The Mammoth Folly. Tell us about that show.

KATE SCOTT: Well, it's essentially like a vaudeville-style show, and we take you through the various periods. And lo and behold, in the Cretaceous period, out comes Trixie Triceratops (ph), yours truly.

GLICKMAN: (Laughter) Of course.

SCOTT: And she falls in love with Tony Triceratops, who's a real babe. And they sing a song called "You're The Tricera-tops"...

(LAUGHTER)

SCOTT: ...Naturally.

EISENBERG: This sounds amazing. What age group was it targeted at?

SCOTT: Mostly for elementary school kids. But we did have problems with the Tyrannosaurus rex because he's very large. So some...

EISENBERG: Scared them.

SCOTT: ...Kids would be quite scared.

EISENBERG: Yeah. OK. So what happened?

SCOTT: They sometimes had to clean the seats.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK, good. Let's go to a game. Why not?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah, let's do a thing.

EISENBERG: Should we? We have an audio quiz for you called Whistle While You Work. We're going to play the whistling section of a song. Ring in to identify the song or the artist. Kate, you won the last game. So you win this and you are off to the final round. Nina, you need to win this, or you're going to be forced to work with someone that insists on telling you what a good mood they're in but that you look tired.

Here we go. First up, this 2011 song features Christina Aguilera and a lot of strutting and pointing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MOVES LIKE JAGGER")

MAROON 5: (Whistling).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Nina.

GLICKMAN: "Moves Like Jagger"?

EISENBERG: Yeah, there you go. Maroon 5, "Moves Like Jagger."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I've got to say, my trajectory with that song was I hated it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Then I loved it. Then I hated it.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Was that pretty much yours, too?

GLICKMAN: I just hated it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But you knew it. And that's...

GLICKMAN: But I knew it...

EISENBERG: ...All that matters. That's all that matters.

GLICKMAN: ...'Cause I hated it.

EISENBERG: 'Cause I hated it - it's good to know what you hate.

This 1972 song was featured in a montage in "The Royal Tenenbaums."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD")

PAUL SIMON: (Whistling).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate.

SCOTT: "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard."

EISENBERG: Absolutely. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Paul Simon.

In 1987, this was Billboard's No. 1 single.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN")

THE BANGLES: (Whistle).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate.

SCOTT: "Walk Like An Egyptian."

EISENBERG: That is...

GLICKMAN: I think you should sing that. I'll sing it with you.

(LAUGHTER)

GLICKMAN: (Singing) Walk like an Egyptian...

SCOTT: (Singing) An Egyptian.

(APPLAUSE)

SCOTT: Nailed it - you nailed it.

EISENBERG: It's an interesting show when the contestants have formed an a cappella group.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This 2011 jam may be the only song you know by this band.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUMPED UP KICKS")

FOSTER THE PEOPLE: (Whistling).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Nina.

GLICKMAN: Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks."

EISENBERG: Yeah. There you go.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This 2012 song wants you to put your lips together and blow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHISTLE")

FLO RIDA: (Whistling). (Singing) Whistle, baby. Whistle, baby. (Whistling). Whistle, baby.

EISENBERG: Anybody want to ring in...

GLICKMAN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: ...Give it a shot?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: All right, Kate.

SCOTT: Just want to say we're really all winners.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But only one of you, actually.

(LAUGHTER)

SCOTT: And my answer's going to be "Party Time."

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect.

GLICKMAN: (Laughter).

SCOTT: Really?

EISENBERG: I know. It was a good shot, though.

GLICKMAN: Good try.

EISENBERG: Nina, you want to...

GLICKMAN: I have absolutely no idea. "Party Time Remix"?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's right. It's funny. This is the one you could have guessed sort of because it's called "Whistle" by Flo Rida.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: There you go. It's not about whistling, just in case you were wondering what it's about.

(LAUGHTER).

SCOTT: OK (laughter).

EISENBERG: This is your last clue. The video for this 1988 a cappella song features Robin Williams and Bill Irwin, who plays Mr. Noodle on "Sesame Street."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY")

BOBBY MCFERRIN: (Whistling).

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate.

SCOTT: (Singing) "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

EISENBERG: Nice. That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Bobby McFerrin in simpler times. Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG: Well done, Kate. You won both games, and you're headed to the final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Kate in our final round. And we'll feature a game about apps, which means we'll be releasing updates to it for the rest of this episode. And our special guest, actor Luka Kain, will play a game about Pokemon.

I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

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