An UnFROGettable Day At the Museum of Wow! The Museum of Wow just opened its new amphibian exhibit, and everyone from pollywogs to old croaks agree that the new discoveries featured there are positively ribbeting! Join Mindy, Guy Raz, Reggie, and friends for a fact-filled tour of miniature frogs, a toddler with glow-in-the-dark bones, and a few surprises along the way! It's the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and Wow in the World of fantastic FROGS!
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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Stay seated. Three, two, one - ignition.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Get ready for an adventure of magnificent proportion.

THE POP UPS: (Singing) I don't know what you've been told, but we're in a golden age - so many discoveries that are jumping off the page. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #3: With Guy and Mindy.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: We're on our way, Houston.

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Good morning, friends. I'm so glad you could all join us for senior citizen day at the Museum of Wow. Hey, Mindy.

MINDY THOMAS, HOST:

Oh, wait. We invite you here today because humans over 100 years old get in free.

RAZ: And this is the first day of the museum's exciting new amphibian exhibit.

THOMAS: Amphibian is the scientific name for a group of animals that begin their lives with gills and tails in the water but later grow legs and lungs for a new life on land.

RAZ: In fact, the word amphibian means double life.

THOMAS: Like the double life of turning from a tadpole into a frog.

RAZ: Yes, a process known as metamorphosis.

(SOUNDBITE OF SNORING)

RAZ: Are you sleeping?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) What? No. I wasn't sleeping; I have allergies.

THOMAS: Anywho, this is sure to be an un-frog-ettable (ph) day. The museum promises some of the most wow-worthy and riveting new scientific discoveries on all sorts of cold-blooded vertebrates, like toads and newts and salamanders. But today we're going to focus on my personal favorite - frogs. Wait, I never said that frogs are my favorite; newts are my favorite.

RAZ: Now, before we begin our day, I just want to take a quick roll call to make sure we're all here. So please wake up and just say present when I call your name. OK, Mindy?

THOMAS: Who?

RAZ: Reggie?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Thomas Fingerling?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Presence.

RAZ: Grandma G-force?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Did somebody call my name?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) G-Force, can't you hear nothing?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: OK, OK. Before we go in, I should probably lay down some ground rules.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, boy. Ground pools.

THOMAS: Woo, yes. That's what I'm talking about.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Best museum ever. High-five.

(SOUNDBITE OF SMACK)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) What's he saying?

RAZ: Rule No. 1 - we are operating on a buddy system today. Everybody must stick with their partner at all times.

THOMAS: Ooh, I call that guy.

RAZ: Mindy, that is a concrete statue of a bald eagle. I'll be your buddy, OK?

THOMAS: But...

RAZ: Thomas Fingerling, Grandma G-Force - I'm going to pair the two of you up, as well.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, I see; lump all the good-looking athletes together, eh? So what are we playing? Badminton?

RAZ: Eh.

THOMAS: Oh, but Guy Raz, what about Reggie?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Reggie is going to be our chaperone for today. He's the most mature member of our group and the only one with a child care degree.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: So if anyone gets lost or hurt or needs to take a bathroom break, you be sure to let Reggie know, OK?

THOMAS: Oh, I got to go to the bathroom. I got to go real bad.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, me, too.

THOMAS: It can't wait.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) I've got to drop a toadstool.

RAZ: We haven't even gotten into the museum yet.

THOMAS: Sorry. Sorry.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, guess I'll just hold it.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Then I'll just pee my pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) I'm going to pee mine even more.

THOMAS: I'm wearing a diaper anyway, so.

RAZ: No one is going to pee their pants. Just go to the restroom, and meet me at the ticket booth in five minutes, OK?

THOMAS: Oh, OK. Run, run, run, run, run, run.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) All right, I would've won.

RAZ: Oh, boy.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Welcome to Senior Citizen Day at the Museum of Wow. Anyone over the age of 100 gets free admission. So looks like today is your lucky day, sir.

RAZ: Who, me?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Oh, you can't hear. Yes, you, my friend. Old croaks get in free today. Will you be needing any special assistance as you move throughout the museum floor?

RAZ: Oh. Well, I think you must be mistaken. I am not an old croak; I'm practically a polliwog.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Oh, I'm sorry. My bad. I guess it's just the suit and the elbow patches just kind of threw me off. My granddad wears the same outfit.

RAZ: I got this suit from the juniors department. And look - this tie is a clip-on.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Oh.

RAZ: Don't tell anyone.

THOMAS: We're back.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Somebody left free toilet paper in the bathroom. One for you, one for you, one for you.

RAZ: This is a senior citizen, and we have another one, as well. He's right - Mindy, where is Thomas Fingerling?

THOMAS: Look over there.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, if you see Thomas Fingerling, pop it like it's hot. Pop it like it's hot, ooo, pop it like it's hot, yeah.

RAZ: Thomas Fingerling.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, got to run.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: Aw.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) OK, so that'll be two old croaks and two polliwogs.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Oh, and a pigeon.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) And a...

THOMAS: He doesn't like to talk about his age.

RAZ: Wait, Mindy. I just remembered - Reggie's family is one of the museum's major donors. They have an entire wing named after them.

THOMAS: I wondered why there was a wing sticking out of the side of the building like that.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) How are you going to fly this plane with only one wing?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Oh, cool. Major donors? Major donors get in free.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) And so do all of you.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Whoo. Thank you, Mrs. and Mr. Reggie's parents.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Have fun, you guys. Next.

THOMAS: OK, so where should we start first?

RAZ: Hm. Well, looking at the map here, I think we should make our first stop at the hall of mini frogs.

THOMAS: Mindy frogs?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) I knew that Mindy was a frog since the day she was born. I've never seen a baby with such strong back legs.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Yeah, I was just reading about these Mindy frogs - I mean mini frogs. In fact, three new species were just discovered on the island of Madagascar. A team of evolutionary biologists were the ones to find them.

THOMAS: Isn't an evolutionary biologist a scientist who studies how all different types of life on Earth evolved from one common ancestor?

RAZ: Exactly right.

THOMAS: And isn't a species basically just a group of living things that have so much in common that they can get together and reproduce or make more of themselves?

RAZ: Yes. For example, we humans belong to the homo sapiens species.

THOMAS: Right. And so who were these evolutionary biologists who found these new frog species?

RAZ: Well, there was a whole team of them led by a scientist named Mark Scherz, and he's from Ludwig Maximilians (ph) University in Munich, Germany.

THOMAS: So what does Mark Scherz and his team of biologists want with finding a bunch of mini frogs? I mean, sounds like it would be a lot easier to find big frogs - toads, even.

RAZ: Well...

THOMAS: And just how mini are we talking here? Because I haven't even seen them yet, and already I can feel my cute aggression kicking in.

RAZ: Well, looks like we're at the hall of mini frogs now. Let's see for ourselves.

THOMAS: They're going to be so cute and tiny I'm going to barf.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Here, you can barf in my pocketbook.

THOMAS: Thank you very much. Um, Guy Raz, I think we've been duped.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: What?

THOMAS: There's a big old aquarium with some plants inside, but I'm not seeing any frogs.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Here, froggy, froggy, froggy, froggy. Huh, that usually works.

RAZ: Mindy, if we can't find these mini frogs in a museum aquarium, just imagine how difficult it must have been for this team of biologists to find them in the wild forests of Madagascar.

THOMAS: Well, if they were too tiny to find easily, then how did these scientists even know that they were there?

RAZ: Well, that's a good question. You see, the scientists could hear different sounds of the many frogs, so they would try to follow in the direction of their calls.

THOMAS: But I bet as soon as the frogs detected the scientists coming up on them, they'd just leap up and hop away.

RAZ: Well, yeah. It was like an interspecies game of Marco Polo.

THOMAS: Wow.

RAZ: And that was just the first obstacle. You see, once they were finally able to capture some of these frogs, the biologists found that they were too tiny to even tell apart.

THOMAS: Yeah. So exactly how tiny are we talking here?

RAZ: Well, Mindy, you might want to take out your magnifying goggles for this one because the biggest one of the species, who the scientists named Mini ature, he's small enough to fit on a human thumbnail.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) The largest mini frog can sit on a human thumbnail? Wow. Now I wish I still had human thumbnails.

RAZ: And if you think that's small, you need to meet Mini scule and Mini mum.

THOMAS: Hold the phone, Guy Raz. Are you telling me that these scientists named these new species Mini ature, Mini scule and Mini mum?

RAZ: Well, you know, scientists are known for being kind of punny (ph), Mindy.

THOMAS: So if Mini ature is small enough to fit on a thumbnail, then how small are Mini scule and Mini mum?

RAZ: Well, Mini scule is actually a little smaller than Mini ature.

THOMAS: So smaller than a thumbnail?

RAZ: Yep, yep. And Mini mum, the smallest of the new species, is as small as a staple or a grain of rice.

THOMAS: Rice? Mini frog? Smaller than a staple?

RAZ: Uh-oh.

THOMAS: Oh, I've got to find these magnifying goggles. I got to see these tiny cuties for myself.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: If they're even half as cute as a little baby grain of rice, I'm going to burst through this wall.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Hey, Mindy. Look up here. I found your little froggy.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: What in the...

RAZ: Oh, no. She...

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) G-Force, get out of the frog tank, you weirdo.

RAZ: She's in the frog tank. Mindy, what is she doing in the frog tank?

THOMAS: Oh, my wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF FROG RIBBITING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) You want to see some tiny frogs, Mindy? I've got your tiny frogs right here. Hey, little froggy. Here you go.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Wow, they're smaller than flies, Guy Raz. And Mini scule even has teeth in its upper jaw. Oh, can you even imagine how tiny its little braces would have to be?

RAZ: Mindy.

THOMAS: I've just never seen frogs so teeny-weeny. I bet you could sit one of their little frog brains on top of a tiny pin.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #4: (As character) Ma'am - ah - get out of the aquarium. What do you think you're doing?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) I'm freeing the froggies. What does it look like I'm doing?

RAZ: Mindy, Mindy, how did she even get in there? This is a disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force, singing) Who let the frogs out? Who, who, who, who. Who let the frogs out? Who, who, who, who.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #5: (As character) Security to the mini frog exhibit.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) G-Force, that song was so bad, they called security.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Hoo doggy.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #6: (As character) Ma'am, ma'am, stop freeing the frogs. Come - get down. You're coming with us.

THOMAS: Security, what? No. That's my Grandma G-Force. You can't take her away. She climbed into the aquarium and let all the frogs loose by accident.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #6: (As character) Well, now we need to squeegee the frog water off of her at the security office. She'll be staying there, so she can't damage any more exhibits. You can pick her up on your way out.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force, singing) Who let the frogs out?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #6: (As character) And stop singing that song. It's atrocious.

THOMAS: Don't worry, Grandma G-Force. You'll be just fine. We'll pick you up at security on our way out.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #7: (As character) Excuse me, everyone. We're going to need you to move on to the next exhibit. This one is closed.

(GROANING)

RAZ: So where do we go next, Mindy?

THOMAS: Well, let me just check the map here.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Ooh, a map. How many paces to the buried treasure?

RAZ: The what?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Shiver me timbers. I'll be Captain Jack Russell Terrier. And Mindy can be Orlando Bloom.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Where exactly do you think we are right now?

THOMAS: Ooh, this next ex-ribbit (ph) is going to be so wow. The whole thing takes place in the pitch-black darkness for added effect.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) What kind of effect? A napping effect?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: We did not come here to nap.

THOMAS: The reason it takes place in the pitch-black darkness is because it's supposed to help us to see some unusual feature of the frogs featured in it.

RAZ: OK. I'm intrigued. Let's go check it out. Mindy, do you have a flashlight in your Adventure Toolkit by any chance?

THOMAS: Oh, no, Guy Raz. A flashlight would ruin the whole experience. What we'll need is my ultraviolet UV light. Check this baby out.

RAZ: Whoa. It's like a black light that makes things glow if they're white or fluorescent.

THOMAS: Follow me, everyone, to the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil.

RAZ: Eastern Brazil? Mindy, we just got to the museum. And we promised your Grandma G-Force that we'd be back to get her out of security soon.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) She'll be fine. G-Force went to Brazil last week.

THOMAS: No, no, you guys. We're not leaving the museum. We're just going to the next ex-ribbit. It's modeled after the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Easter in Brazil. My favorite time of year. Ooh, goodness.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Mindy, now that my eyes are adjusting to the dark, what kind of amphibian are we actually looking for?

THOMAS: Well, I'll describe it for you. It's smaller than a nickel, bright orange like a pumpkin and looks like a frog because it's a frog.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) I didn't follow any of that. You need to work on your instructional clarity, mister.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: OK, I'm looking - smaller than a nickel, bright orange like a pumpkin and looks like a frog.

THOMAS: That's right. And according to the map, it can be found hiding anywhere in this ex-ribbit.

RAZ: Mindy, I have a strange feeling we're not in the museum anymore. This is looking and feeling pretty lifelike.

THOMAS: That's all part of the experience, Guy Raz. Now let's lock arms and wander through in search of this elusive frog.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Link arms? What are we playing? Red rover? Oh, well, let me put on my red rovering shoes.

RAZ: What? Put those away.

THOMAS: All right. Give me your arms. And here we go.

GUY RAZ, MINDY THOMAS AND UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: Nickels and pumpkins and frogs, oh my. Nickels and pumpkins and frogs, oh my. Nickels and pumpkins and frogs, oh my.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Hello there.

RAZ: (Screaming).

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Where did you come from?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Welcome to Senior Day at the Museum of Wow. How many old croaks do we have here today?

RAZ: Well, I'm a polliwog.

THOMAS: We're trying to find the nickel-sized pumpkin frogs.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Ah, yes. You're looking for the pumpkin toadlet. Well, look no further. I happen to have one right here.

RAZ: Whoa.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, goodness.

RAZ: So tiny.

THOMAS: So orange.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) So can I eat it?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) No.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Rats.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) But I can tell you all about it.

THOMAS: We're all ears.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Well, the pumpkin toadlet is not all ears. In fact, because of its underdeveloped ears, it is completely deaf, which means it can't even hear the mating calls of its own species.

RAZ: Well, if it can't hear the mating calls of its own species, then how is the pumpkin toadlet supposed to find a mate and reproduce to make more pumpkin toadlets?

THOMAS: Yeah. How are the male toadlets supposed to show off for the ladies like other frogs do if the ladies can't even hear their sweet croaks?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Yeah, explain that one, smarty pants.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Well, according to a recent study led by scientist Sandra Goutte from NYU Abu Dhabi, the answer to that question is just under the frog's skin.

RAZ: Under the skin? What do you mean?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Well, can I borrow that ultraviolet flashlight you have there?

THOMAS: What? Oh, yeah, sure. Here.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Thank you. OK. Now, watch what happens when I shine this ultraviolet light on the pumpkin toadlet's skin.

THOMAS: Whoa.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Cool.

THOMAS: I can see its bones. They're glowing.

RAZ: Yeah. They seem to be glowing or fluorescing a bright blue color.

THOMAS: Those bones are fluorescing right through its bright-orange skin. Hey, shine that UV light on me. I want to see if I can get my bones to glow.

RAZ: Yeah, yeah. It almost looks like a blue light is coming from the tiny, bony plate in its head and the bones in the back of its legs. It's like a fluorescent skeleton.

THOMAS: So if the pumpkin toadlet can't hear its own call, much less the calls of other pumpkin toadlets, then do scientists think that maybe it uses its glowing bones to find mates instead? - you know, like, as a way of keeping its love light on?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Well, that's one theory as to why these frogs might have glowing bones. But we still don't know for sure if the pumpkin toadlets can see the glow.

THOMAS: Well, then what's the point of having glowing bones if you can't even show them off to your froggy friends?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) OK, come here, Mr. Pumpkin Frog.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) I'm sorry. Hold that thought. Sir, sir, do you have a frog?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Oh, I can't believe you're supposed to taste like pumpkin, little feller.

RAZ: Mr. Fingerling, what are you doing?

THOMAS: I mean, I know that some birds have the ability to see fluorescence with their own eyes. And they dolphinitely don't have UV lights.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Sir, the frogs are not for eating.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) You got to try everything once. That's what I always say.

THOMAS: And I also know that birds are natural predators to frogs. So maybe...

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Here we go.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character, screaming).

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Mindy, Mindy, he ate it.

THOMAS: What?

RAZ: He ate the pumpkin toadlet. It's in his mouth. I can see it glowing through his cheeks.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Don't worry. I'm going to pay for it. Here. Let me get my wallet.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Sir, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, one of the reasons the pumpkin toadlet might glow is to signal to would-be predators that they are, in fact, toxic.

RAZ AND THOMAS AND UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: Toxic?

THOMAS: Fingerling, that pumpkin toadlet is poisonous. Spit it out.

RAZ: This is a disaster. Spit it out. Spit it out.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) What's this? Trying to sell me poison pumpkin spice hot frogs? I want my money back.

RAZ: You know what? We were actually just getting ready to head out.

THOMAS: But before we go, I just want to make sure I got this straight. OK, so the pumpkin toadlet is a tiny, toxic frog that cannot hear, has newly discovered glowing bones. And though scientists have a few theories, they're still on a quest to figure out why.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Yes.

RAZ: Great. Well, thank you very much for your tour through this amazing ex-ribbit.

THOMAS: Yeah. We're really sorry our friend here tried to eat it.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Allegedly.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

THOMAS: Now, do you think you could point us to the security slammer? I need to pick up my Grandma G-Force. She's in for setting all the mini frogs free.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) That was you people?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Did somebody call my name?

THOMAS: Grandma G-Force.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) I should call security.

RAZ: Oh, boy.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) G-Force, you busted out.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) You bet your sweet patoot I did.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Yeah, security? They're here in the pumpkin spice - I mean the pumpkin toadlet exhibit.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Hold on one second. Yes. How can I help you there, Mr. Pigeon?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Oh, you're the chaperone for these people. Well, I'm afraid I'm going to have to...

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) Oh, you're Reginald (imitating bird).

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

RAZ: Huh?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #8: (As character) You know, your family's contributions to the museum have single-handedly funded this new amphibian exhibit. You know what? Why don't we just continue on our way? It would be an honor to tour around such a major donor.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Thomas Fingerling) Reggie's a majordomo?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: WOW IN THE WORLD will be right back. Grown-ups, this message is for you.

That's it. Back to the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GOLDEN AGE (WOW IN THE WORLD PODCAST THEME SONG)")

THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE DIALING)

THOMAS: Hi. Thanks for calling WOW IN THE WORLD. After the beep, get ready to record.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

CASSAR: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Cassar (ph), and I live in Beijing, China. And my wow in the world is everything is made of tiny, little sandwiches (ph) called atoms. Bye, I love the show. Wait - hi, Reggie.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

WILL: Hi. My name is Will (ph), and I live in Pulaski, Wisconsin. And my wow in the world is that anacondas give birth to live young, even though they are reptiles. I think Grandma G-Force would have a good flight with an anaconda.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Whoo-doggy.

WILL: Bye, Grandma G-Force.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) What did he say?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

MIKAEL: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz and Reggie.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD COOING)

MIKAEL: My name's Mikael (ph), and I'm from Fort Collins, Colo. And my wow in the world is that if you stand 800 feet or closer to a rocket launch, the sound alone can kill you. Bye, Mindy and Guy Raz and Reggie. Love your show. Can't wait to see you in Denver this summer.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEP)

HAZEL: My name is Hazel (ph), and I'm from Portland, Ore. My wow in the world is baby koalas are the size of a jelly bean at birth. Say hi to Dennis for me.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #5: (As Dennis) Ahoy there.

HAZEL: Bye.

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TAYLOR: Hi, Mindy.

CAITLIN: Hi, Guy Raz.

TAYLOR: My name is Taylor (ph).

CAITLIN: My name is Caitlin (ph).

TAYLOR AND CAITLIN: And we live in Allentown, Penn.

CAITLIN: Our wow in the world is...

TAYLOR: A tarantula eats over 700 mosquitos in just one month.

CAITLIN: Isn't that bonker-balls?

TAYLOR: Thanks. Love your show.

TAYLOR AND CAITLIN: Bye.

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ETHAN: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Ethan (ph), and I live in Budleigh (ph), England. My wow in the world is that I live on the Jurassic Coast, and I've found fossils at the beach, mostly ammonites. Say hi to Grandma G-Force for me.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Grandma G-Force) Boo-yah.

ETHAN: Bye.

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JULIA: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. My name is Julia (ph), and I live in Vancouver, Canada. My wow in the world is that octopuses have nine brains and three hearts. I love your podcast, and Reggie, I can speak pigeon. (Imitating bird).

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #4: End of messages.

THOMAS: Hey, everyone. Thank you so much for hanging out with us this week on WOW IN THE WORLD.

RAZ: And to keep the wow rolling, check out this week's scientific conversation starters at our website, wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And grown-ups, there you can find more info on how your kids can become members of the World Organization of Wowzers, shop our Wow Shop, upload photos and videos to us and check dates for our upcoming live events. That's wowintheworld.com.

RAZ: Our show is produced by Jed Anderson.

THOMAS: Who provides the bells, whistles and silly characters. Say hello, Jed.

JED ANDERSON, BYLINE: Yello (ph).

THOMAS: Our show is written by me, Guy Raz and Thomas van Kalken, who also provides silly characters. Tom?

THOMAS VAN KALKEN, BYLINE: Hello there.

RAZ: Thanks also to Jessica Boddy, Casey Koeffer (ph), Rebecca Caban (ph), Kit Ballenger (ph) and Alex Curley. Meredith Halpern-Ranzer powers the wow at Tinkercast.

THOMAS: Our theme song was composed and performed by The Pop Ups. For more info on their two-time Grammy-nominated, all-ages music, find them at thepopups.com.

RAZ: And grown-ups, you can follow WOW IN THE WORLD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wowintheworld. And our email address is hello@wowintheworld.com.

THOMAS: And if you're a kid with a big wow to share with us, call us at 1-888-7-WOW-WOW for a chance to be featured at the end of the show.

RAZ: Also, if you haven't already done so, please subscribe to WOW IN THE WORLD on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

THOMAS: Yeah, leave us a few stars, a review. Or just tell a friend about the show.

RAZ: Thanks again for listening. And until next time...

GUY RAZ AND MINDY THOMAS: Keep on wowing.

THOMAS: Jinx.

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THE POP UPS: (Singing) Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world. Wow in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: WOW IN THE WORLD was made by Tinkercast and sent to you by NPR.

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