What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton In this installment of What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton, he must discern which statement is true.

What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton

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Now it's time for a new favorite segment of ours. It's called What's Wrong with Jonathan Coulton?


EISENBERG: House musician Jonathan Coulton is a very, very smart man. He can figure out almost anything. So we're going to present you, Jonathan, with two pieces of information. One is true. One is false. All you have to do is determine which one is true and which one is false. So here's...

JONATHAN COULTON: Using my powers of reasoning.

EISENBERG: Yes, deductive reasoning that you are known for.

COULTON: Or inductive, whatever. Whatever it takes to get the job done.

EISENBERG: See, exactly, exactly. That's how I know you can go both ways.


EISENBERG: Number one, the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, was once widely known by the nickname Porkopolis.

COULTON: Porkopolis, OK.

EISENBERG: Number two, the city of Eugene, Ore., was once widely known by the nickname Cougar Town.

COULTON: I'm sorry, Goo Goo (ph) Town?

EISENBERG: Cougar Town.

COULTON: Cougar Town?

EISENBERG: Cougar Town.

COULTON: OK. So what we're trying to figure out is Eugene, all the possible meanings of cougar, does it makes sense that they would be there? I don't think it was called Cougar Town because there were randy older ladies.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: That doesn't make sense to me. I feel like cougar is a more modern thing. So I'm going to assume we're talking about actual cougars.

EISENBERG: Actual cougars.

COULTON: The animal.


COULTON: OK, Cincinnati, Porkopolis. Pork is in there. We could be talking about pigs.

EISENBERG: We probably are talking about pigs, I would assume.

COULTON: Specifically the meat derived from pigs.

EISENBERG: Delicious already.

COULTON: The other white meat. I'm going to say, to my mind, it seems more likely that there was this sort of pork industry...

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Pork industry.

COULTON: ...Sprung up in Cincinnati. Some sort of pork magnate who had a lot of pigs in Ohio settled in Cincinnati. This is making sense, right?


COULTON: OK, because first of all, you're not going to have a bunch of cougars running through downtown.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Right.

COULTON: OK, I'm going to say that the true thing is that Cincinnati was called Porkopolis.

EISENBERG: Yes, you are correct.


EISENBERG: You got it, of course.


EISENBERG: In the 1850s, Cincinnati was the biggest hog packing center of the United States. Eugene, Ore., was never know by the nickname Cougar Town. That was just a fun idea and a television show starring Courteney Cox. What have we learned about Eugene, Ore., though?

COULTON: Nothing.

EISENBERG: Exactly. Thanks so much to Lisa Maze (ph) for sending in the true fact. And if you've heard a piece of trivia that you would like to send to us so we can try to stump Jonathan Coulton, please share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.


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