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But maybe not - no need to be entirely depressed. Here with a little bit of therapy...

LAURA CONAWAY: Yeah, a little bit of hope.

STEWART: A little bit of hope and therapy for us is Laura Conaway, our web editor, with some interesting news.

CONAWAY: Well, I would like to give a big thanks and hug and shout out to Rob Patterson of Prince Edward Island. You might know him on Twitter as robpatrob. He has spent the morning building us a new town. It's a new place where BPP people can hang out and talk to each other and post stuff and be together. It is I'm going to blog about this later in a little post where I'll say where all we're going. Ning is very cool, that's Nancy-Igloo-Nancy-Garfield. BPP Diner is there.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Hey, Dan.

DAN PASHMAN: Are they, like, the actual, official army...?

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: No, I didn't have time to look them up.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: I just found out about it.

PASHMAN: I'll be so impressed.

CONAWAY: I know, really.

LAURA SILVER: Yeah, you met them somewhere.

CONAWAY: The town is really, really in its infancy. Some of the insulation is still showing through the boards, but it's there, and it is a place where we can still find each other, and we'll move out from there.

STEWART: All right. That is good news.

CONAWAY: Great news.

STEWART: That is good news. Tomorrow, we'll move on to the fifth stage of grief, acceptance, and as you can hear, I am not alone. The BPP production staff has invaded the studio! Well, they come in, they do The Most. So, let's hit the music.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: Not like you've invaded.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: Yeah, there wasn't a whole lot of resistance.

STEWART: No, there wasn't. Although there was something going on with you and Ian in the corner about the chair...?

IAN CHILLAG: I stormed the room.

SILVER: Interpretive dance.


STEWART: It was odd and I decided to look away.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Tricia McKinney, our editor, what is one of the most-searched terms on Google?

PATRICIA MCKINNEY: Yeah, OK, so this one jumped right out at me this morning. It was number six. It's moved down to number eight. "Who made the potato salad?"

STEWART: That's the phrase.

MCKINNEY: That's the phrase - who made the potato salad? - on Google. So, you know, I have no idea. Some of the related search terms were like, Nancy Pelosi and George W. Bush.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: But sometimes the related search terms have nothing to do with the item in question. So, I'm going to assume they're not related, and I'm going to go with, unless someone else out there can come up with a better answer, I'm going to go with the straight-to-DVD movie that was released in 2006 called, "Who Made the Potatoe Salad?" It's about this kind of straight-laced guy who goes home to meet his fiancee's family on Thanksgiving, you know, that old scenario, and the family turns out to be a little bit...

STEWART: Cra-zazy (ph)!

MCKINNEY: Cra-zazy, that's right. So, I have a little clip here. Let's hit it.

(Soundbite of movie "Who Made the Potatoe Salad?")

Mr. JALEEL WHITE: (as Michael) Mm. Potato salad. Now that's - that's my favorite right here. Who made the potato salad?

(Soundbite of beep)

STEWART: And the family is like, don't say anything about the potato salad.

Unidentified Actress: Why, huh? Why did (beep), huh? You don't walk into a fast-food restaurant and ask who's on fries, do you? You roll up into Roscoe's and ask who's grilling the (beep) waffle? Huh? No, no, no, you don't. So, why does it matter who made the damn potato salad?

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: I mean, really, who made the...

STEWART: Who made the potato salad?

MCKINNEY: Why are you asking about the - anyway, the guy who asked about that is...

PASHMAN: You mean the guy asked about it for two hours?

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: The guy who asked about the potato salad was Urkel, Jaleel White.


PASHMAN: Oh my word.

MCKINNEY: I have to say, a movie - like, if this is the biggest scene in the movie, then why do you name the movie "Who Made the Potatoe Salad?" It just doesn't seem like a good title to me. That's just me.

STEWART: Ugh, It's a good scene, though.

MCKINNEY: I've got to watch this thing.

STEWART: It's very profane, by the way, might I add. My Most is most-emailed at MSNBC and how could it not be with this headline? "Dump Your Lover Directly on Voicemail." There's a new phone service that means that you can get through life's more awkward moments a little more easily by being passive-aggressive, and this service allows you to dump your message directly into their voicemail, to bypass the ringing.

MCKINNEY: Alison, we have a call for the show from NPR.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Hey, you know what? If they'd known about it, it could have happened that way. You can - they play a short advertisement, unless users pay a subscription fee, or 15 cents...

PASHMAN: A subscription - who's going to subscribe? Are you dumping so many people that you need to subscribe?

STEWART: No, wait, but check out the....

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: The best of it - the best is the number. It's 267-SLY-DIAL.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: So, you know, if you just wanted to - we've all done it. You pray the person doesn't pick up on the other end. You're like, please go to voicemail, please go to voicemail.


STEWART: You don't have to pray to the higher power anymore! Just 267-SLY-DIAL will dump that message right in their voicemail.

PASHMAN: I would only pay for that service if it - if it just played a clip of the letter that Homer Simpson dictated to Bart Simpson when he was trying to break up with his girlfriend, and Homer said Bart should just write, dear baby, welcome to Dumpville. Population: you.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Ah, Laura Silver.



SILVER: I would Slydial back. That's all I have to say.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: Has anyone seen my keys?





CHILLAG: No. This isn't really the time for this.

PASHMAN: Who made the potato salad? I don't...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: It's a rhetorical question. But anyway...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: My Most is from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and it's about doctors saying that if you can't find stuff, your memory may be too good. And that's really reassuring to me, because I'm always losing stuff. One day I almost left my keys here and went home without them. I can never...

STEWART: Wait, why would my memory be too good if I can't remember where things are?

SILVER: Because the idea is that you have too much in your brain to focus on the minutiae of, you know, where your pen is, where your windows are on your computer screen, where that email is.

CHILLAG: This kind of sounds like, she broke up with me because I'm too handsome.

STEWART: Yeah, a little bit.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: This is just a little too people with bad memories doing studies.

SILVER: You know, come on, don't burst my bubble!

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: No, they say that if you're one of these people who can store giant amounts of information, you might not - you just might not be able to deal with the day-to-day stuff. And a way to deal with it is to put stuff in referential places, like, your plane ticket should go in a place where you'd remember it, like near your back because you'd be on your back if you didn't have your place ticket, that sort of thing. Like, some kind of mnemonic for where you put stuff.

STEWART: Hm, that sounds like...

CHILLAG: I could leave my plane tickets in my plane.

SILVER: Well, duh!

PASHMAN: Naturally.

STEWART: I'll take a recipe for being a kook. OK.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SILVER: I feel better, come on...

PASHMAN: Yeah, I think this professor probably - might have lost - I think he actually finished this report a few years ago.

STEWART: He lost it.

PASHMAN: He lost it and then he had to change it so that he could make himself feel better for having lost the report.

STEWART: Well, Ian and Dan, you were being so gallant and polite to each other over who should take the chair. Who would like to go next?

PASHMAN: Oh, after you.

CHILLAG: Oh, please. No, really.

PASHMAN: Please, I insist.

CHILLAG: Yeah. I insist, then, that my Most is...

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: That Dan Pashman does his Most first.

PASHMAN: OK, all right, fine. I'll cave. Most-emailed here from USA Today, "The Army Orders Lions Draft Pick Campbell to Return to Service." Caleb Campbell, in the seventh-round draft pick, that's the final round of the Detroit Lions football team, drafted him this past April. He had already been in mini-camp. Now the Army has changed a policy. They sent a letter to the Lions president, Matt Millen, dated Wednesday. They said he has to give up pro football and return to full-time traditional military duties.

Apparently, a subsequent DOD, Department of Defense, policy superseded the 2005 policy that would have allowed him, as a West Point graduate, to serve on the team - to play on the team, rather, and serve as a recruiter if he made the team. But that policy has been overturned, and the Army tells the Lions that Campbell was allowed to enter to enter the draft in, quote, "in good faith." If he fulfills all his military obligations, he can return to playing football in May 2010, which is basically, like, an end of the guy's football career.

CHILLAG: Wow. Say what you will, I mean, in terms of national security, I think it's good that the armed forces are more powerful than the National Football League. Like, I mean, that's a good thing.

PASHMAN: Yeah, I guess that's true. Yeah, fair enough.

STEWART: OK, Ian, go.

PASHMAN: I don't know if Lions fans will agree.

STEWART: I was going to say...

PASHMAN: They've had a rough go of it lately, but...

CHILLAG: Yeah. This is a most-popular from News 4 Jacksonville.

STEWART: I love News 4 Jacksonville!

CHILLAG: It's a good - New4Jax, it's a good station.

PASHMAN: Is that really what it's called?


(Soundbite of laughter)

CHILLAG: This guy, this 18-year-old man, was arrested for 3rd-degree grand theft and burglary of an occupied conveyance. He was stealing city buses from the bus depot. Thing was, he was driving them to all the stops, picking up passengers, dropping them off, and returning them at the end of the day. Police said he wasn't raising any suspicion because he was dressed like a Miami-Dade Transit employee. So, they're trying to figure out why he was stealing the buses...

PASHMAN: You know, I don't know how hard it is to get one of those jobs, but I'm guessing there might have been a more legal route for him.


MCKINNEY: Wait, and ultimately, he didn't keep the busses?

CHILLAG: No, he returned them at the end of the day. He was actually - it sounds like he was maybe the best bus driver they had.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MCKINNEY: I was going to say, that might have raised their suspicions. This bus stopped everywhere it was supposed to, and...

PASHMAN: They didn't even have to pay him, right?

CHILLAG: No, yeah.

STEWART: He liked it.

PASHMAN: He was working for free.

CHILLAG: I wouldn't really press charges.

SILVER: Did he charge the people?

CHILLAG: He operated the bus as it was supposed to be operated.

STEWART: Did he pocket the money?

CHILLAG: No, he did not steal money at all.

(Soundbite of laughter)

PASHMAN: Worst criminal ever.


(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: I understand why that one's a Most. Ian, Laura, Dan, Tricia, thank you.

PASHMAN: Thank you.

CHILLAG: You're welcome.

MCKINNEY: You're very welcome.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: And you are welcome. That is another hour of the Bryant Park Project from NPR News, our penultimate show. Tomorrow, that's it, everybody. We'll be back for one more day. It's a two-hour one. It's going to be a winner. Please be there. I'm Alison Stewart. This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.

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