Fact Bag Fact Bag returns from a tiresome expedition through time and space. It's difficult, some say dangerous work, but somebody has to do it. Featuring comedians Matt Rogers and Sudi Green.

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and face mask tan lines. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with two comedians who are also best friends, returning contestant Matt Rogers and first-time player Sudi Green. OK, are you ready for another game?



EISENBERG: All right. Matt, Sudi, you're going to work together in this next game. Actually, we're all going to work together in this next game. It's just a...


EISENBERG: ...Quick little interlude here.


EISENBERG: This is called Fact Bag. I've got a couple great random trivia questions that I don't know the answer to, and we'll just talk it out, see if we can guess the answer. And then I believe my producer will be revealing the answer to me in the chat.


ROGERS: I love that.

EISENBERG: In February 2020, someone at Cambridge University's library's Special Collections discovered what serving as a bookmark in a 500-year-old manuscript? I'm going to say a sandwich.

COULTON: A sandwich?

ROGERS: My problem with, like, any sandwich I could order at, like, a restaurant or something or whatever - if I order a sandwich, my problem is always there is too much bread. Like...


ROGERS: The ciabatta rolls and everything - it's just so much bread. And then afterwards, you're just tired.

EISENBERG: I also don't like it, if we're just going to talk sandwiches, when...

ROGERS: Let's.

EISENBERG: ...They've created a sandwich that has a stack in it that you actually can't fit into your mouth. I don't like that.

ROGERS: Thank you for that. That's important.

EISENBERG: I don't like that.

ROGERS: And some of these burgers that the young girls are making - come on now.

GREEN: Ooh, no with these burgers.

ROGERS: They're not suitable for a mouth.

GREEN: And you know what would happen...

ROGERS: Not suitable.

GREEN: ...When I was coming up with the girls and the burgers when I was coming up? What would happen would be that you would get a squishy bun.

ROGERS: Right.

GREEN: And then that burger and that cheese...

EISENBERG: Oh, the greasy, squishy bun...

GREEN: And you would squish it.

COULTON: Yeah. Obviously, it's a squishy bun.

GREEN: And then you're holding that burger one hand, and you're driving down the boulevard with the other.


GREEN: And that was what we're missing kind of today.


EISENBERG: It's true.

ROGERS: We've lost sight of that. Sudi, what is your instinct?

GREEN: Well, my first instinct was a marijuana cigarette.

ROGERS: Ooh, nice.

GREEN: But I'm going to roll that back, and I'm going to say a cigarette.

COULTON: A cigarette.

EISENBERG: Also, maybe - how about an earring?

GREEN: Oh, that's good. And when they opened up the manuscript, they were like, who have you been with? This is not...


GREEN: ...My earring.

ROGERS: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

GREEN: And you have been cheating on me in the library.

ROGERS: And that's actually where it got more interesting.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: All right. Travis, what's the answer? Oh, a half-eaten chocolate chip cookie.



COULTON: Oh, man (laughter).

EISENBERG: That's awful. The cookie left a sizeable stain on the paper. Librarian Emily Dourish guessed that a schoolboy accidently dropped it in the book and forgot about it 50 years ago.

COULTON: Unbelievable - these schoolboys.

EISENBERG: Cambridge's message to the public was don't use baked goods to mark your place.


EISENBERG: Thank you. All right, that was Fact Bag.

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