Gregorian Makeover In this word game, contestants mash-up months and days of the week with other words, phrases and names.
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Gregorian Makeover

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants Melanie and Ben. Soon, they'll play a game inspired by calendars. Fun fact - many days of the week are named after old timey gods. For example, Wednesday is named after Woden aka Odin aka Thor's dad aka Anthony Hopkins. So we decided it's time to shake the calendar up a bit. So your next game is a word game called Gregorian Makeover. We're mashing up months and days of the week with other words, phrases and names.

COULTON: For example, if we said, this day of the week was named for Odin's wife Frigg, but it's been renamed for the cooking method used to make beignets, you would answer, deep fat Fryday (ph).

EISENBERG: Get it.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Ooh (ph).

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: So just think of it this way. The day of the week or the month always comes second in the mash-up, and you'll get every one. Melanie, stay in the lead, and you will be in our final round. Ben, you need to get more points or you're going to go home with a lovely parting gift. It's a "Garfield" desk calendar.

COULTON: Oh, boy.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Remember; he hates Mondays but loves lasagna.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. This month was named after Julius Caesar's heir. But the people have spoken. And they'd rather this month honor Jake Gyllenhaal as a left-handed boxer.

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EISENBERG: Ben.

BEN KAFOGLIS: Left-handed boxer was "Southpaw." So Caesar - his heir was Marc Antony. No, that's not right. It was...

(LAUGHTER)

KAFOGLIS: Wasn't - that was somewhere in there. Wait. Southpaw, October - Southpactober (ph).

EISENBERG: That's great. You did something there that is very close...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...But not what we're looking for. Melanie, can you steal?

MELANIE KLERER: Southpawgust (ph).

EISENBERG: Southpawgust (ph) we were looking for.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Aw.

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EISENBERG: This spooky month used to come eighth in the Roman calendar. But now there is mandatory karaoke to celebrate the boy band whose members include Jordan Knight and Johnny McIntyre (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Oh, interesting. Boy band, Jordan Knight...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: ...And Johnny McIntyre (ph) didn't mean anything to you. It's OK - Melanie.

KLERER: It's October - maybe Menundo (ph). I don't know.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Oh.

EISENBERG: Relax, everybody.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Wow. Everybody got really upset about that.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know. Ben, can you steal?

KAFOGLIS: So I think it's October - spooky month. But I don't know boy bands very well. And I'm hearing the gasps from the audience - so Backstreet Boyctober (ph).

KLERER: (Laughter).

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Oh.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Millennials.

EISENBERG: OK. All right. All right. All right. All right.

COULTON: I did not expect this to be...

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: ...The most sensitive nerve...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...That we would touch tonight.

EISENBERG: I know - of all the possibilities. OK. What is it, audience?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: New Kids On The Blocktober (ph).

KLERER: Wait. What?

EISENBERG: New Kids On The Blocktober (ph) - which they all celebrate, clearly.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Wow. This day of the week was named for Tiw, the Anglo-Saxon war god. But now it's named for a type of parrot found in the Philippines and Australia.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Ben.

KAFOGLIS: Cockatuesday (ph).

COULTON: Yeah. That's right.

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EISENBERG: Popular night at some clubs - this is your last clue.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This day of the week was named after the moon. But now it celebrates the singer of "You're So Vain." She probably thinks this day is about her. And she's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Ben.

KAFOGLIS: Carly Simonday (ph).

EISENBERG: That's correct. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. That was a very hard game. You both are geniuses. Let me just say that. You're amazing.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And after two games, Ben is going to our final round.

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