What does a full moon mean? Why is Mindy inviting the moon to a party? And what does this have to do with the science of FULL MOONS? We've got the questions AND the answers on today's bright round of Two Whats!? And A Wow! We're challenging you to find the facts from the fiction about full moons!

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MINDY THOMAS, HOST:

Hey, wowzers. Mindy here. And in case you haven't heard, "Two Whats!? And A Wow!" is now a book.

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THOMAS: The "Two Whats!? And A Wow! Think & Tinker Playbook."

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THOMAS: It comes out on Tuesday, June 30. But you can preorder it now. Grown-ups, be sure to visit tinkercast.com/shop for more info.

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THOMAS: Can you believe it? A whole book full of wows and whats and scientific challenges for thinkers and tinkerers like you.

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THOMAS: Grown-ups, once again, you can visit tinkercast.com/shop for preorder info on our new "Two Whats!? And A Wow! Think & Tinker Playbook."

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THOMAS: That's it. And now let's get on with the show.

Dear moon, it's me, Mindy. How's it hanging? I'm so looking forward to seeing you soon. The reason I'm writing you today is to cordially invite you to my full moon party coming up on May 7. We're celebrating you and only you. So I hope you can make it. Love, Mindy. P.S., are you made of cheese or not?

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Hey, Mindy. What's going on?

THOMAS: Hey, Guy Razzie. Not much. I'm just sending out invites for my big full moon party. Do you know how long it takes to get mail to the moon?

RAZ: Not really. But why are you throwing a party for the moon?

THOMAS: Oh, well, you know how the moon is a little shy and typically only shows its face once a month?

RAZ: Yeah.

THOMAS: So I was thinking that the moon could use a little confidence boost. That's why I'm throwing it a party.

RAZ: I see. Well, do you think you could put the party planning on hold for a moment? Because we've got a game show to host.

THOMAS: I knew I was forgetting something.

RAZ: Hit the lights.

THOMAS: And swab the deck.

RAZ: Rolling in three, two, one...

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) And now for everyone's second-favorite game show after "Eating Salad With Your Hands," it's "Two Whats!? And A Wow!"

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) With your hosts, Mindy and Guy Raz.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Two whats.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Two whats and a wow.

THOMAS: Welcome back, wowzers. It's time for a late-night round of "Two Whats!? And A Wow!"

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RAZ: This scientific game show that separates the wows from the whats.

THOMAS: Now, before we begin today's round, let's review where we left off on Friday.

RAZ: On Friday, we gave you three scientific statements about comedy and challenged you to guess which one was the one true wow.

THOMAS: Was it A, most of the time, your brain can not tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter?

RAZ: Or was it B, crows are known for pulling pranks on other crows?

THOMAS: Or was it C, a rhesus monkey has actually made a pun, or a play on words, using sign language?

RAZ: And to answer yesterday's question, joining us by phone, it's Kaia (ph) from Pennsylvania. Kaia, what's your winning wow?

KAIA: Hi, Mindy and Guy Raz. This is Kaia. I used to live in New Hampshire, but now I live in Pennsylvania. And my wow in the world is that some crows are so smart that they play pranks on each other. Say hi to Grandma G-Force, Reggie and Dennis, who's very, very annoying for some reason. Bye.

THOMAS: Winner, winner, punchlines for dinner.

RAZ: And there you have it, wowzers. If you guessed the answer B, that crows are known to pull pranks on other crows, you found the winning wow. Congratulations, Kaia.

THOMAS: Turns out crows are little pranksters and known to tug on the tails of larger animals just to tease them.

RAZ: But if you picked A or C, you weren't too far off. For those who guessed A, well, your brain is actually really good at detecting real laughs from fake laughs.

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THOMAS: And if you guessed C, rhesus monkeys have not been found to make puns yet. But there is another animal that has. You might remember Koko the gorilla, who learned how to communicate using sign language. And it turns out Koko was able to use this sign language to make puns.

RAZ: Wow.

THOMAS: Guy Raz, why don't you tell her winning wowzers what they've won?

RAZ: Well, Mindy, all of our winning contestants will be taking home their very own invisible knock-knock joke.

THOMAS: Knock knock.

RAZ: Who's there?

THOMAS: Nothing.

RAZ: Nothing who?

THOMAS: Nothing because this joke is invisible.

RAZ: All right, then. Well, congratulations to all of our winning wowzers.

THOMAS: We're going to take a quick break to sing a song to the moon. But when we come back, it's another round of "Two Whats!? And A Wow!"

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UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: "Two Whats!? And A Wow!" will be right back. Grown-ups, this message is for you.

That's it. Now back to the show.

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THOMAS: And we're back for another round of "Two Whats!? And A Wow!"

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RAZ: The category for today's round is...

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RAZ: ...Full moons. Mindy, why don't you refresh our contestants on how the game works?

THOMAS: You know it, Guy Raz. We are going to present you with three scientific statements about full moons. But - and this is a big but...

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THOMAS: ...Only one of those statements will be a true wow. The other two - just a couple of made-up whats.

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RAZ: OK, let's get started. Which of the following statements about full moons is the true scientific wow? Is it A, mosquitoes tend to bite more during a full moon?

THOMAS: Or is it B, on average, people tend to sleep an extra 30 minutes a night when there is a full moon?

RAZ: Or is it C, certain types of octopuses lay their eggs only when there is a full moon?

THOMAS: One more time. Is it A, mosquitoes tend to bite more during a full moon?

RAZ: Or is it B, on average, people sleep an extra 30 minutes at night when there's a full moon?

THOMAS: Or is it C, certain types of octopuses lay eggs only during a full moon?

RAZ: When do you think you've got the correct answer, write it down on a sheet of paper.

THOMAS: And howl it at the moon tonight.

RAZ: And check back tomorrow to see if your wow is the winning wow.

THOMAS: But before we go, we have a little scientific challenge for you. We call it Operation Mold a Moon.

RAZ: We challenge you to make a moon using materials you can find around your house.

THOMAS: Turn your leftover Play-Doh, paper plates or even basketballs into a model of the moon.

RAZ: And then try to recreate the different phases of the moon with a flashlight.

THOMAS: Like a waxing crescent moon or even a waning gibbous moon.

RAZ: And once you've made your moon, take a picture. Grown-ups, you can send those photos to us at tinkercast.com/share.

THOMAS: Be sure to check back tomorrow for the answer to today's game when we play another round of...

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RAZ: "Two Whats!? And A Wow!" was produced by Mindy Thomas, and me, Guy Raz.

THOMAS: Anna Zagorski writes the words. And Jason Rabinowitz adds the wows as our audio producer.

RAZ: Jessica Boddy keeps her facts straight. Jacob Stein rounds out our creative team. And Meredith Halpern-Ranzer powers the wow at Tinkercast.

THOMAS: Special thanks to Jed Anderson and also Anya Grundmann and the team at NPR.

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

THOMAS: Grown-ups, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @wowintheworld. And our email address is hello@wowintheworld.com.

RAZ: And if you're a kid with a big wow to share that could be used on an upcoming episode of "Two Whats!? And A Wow!" - call us at 1-888-7-WOW-WOW.

THOMAS: Thanks again for listening.

RAZ: That's all for now. Until next time...

GUY RAZ AND MINDY THOMAS: Keep on wowing.

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