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PETER MCGINNIS: Hi.
SAGAL: Hi, who's this?
MCGINNIS: This is Peter McGinnis...
SAGAL: Hey, Peter McGinnis.
MCGINNIS: ...From Manchester, N.H.
SAGAL: From Manchester?
MCGINNIS: You bet you.
SAGAL: Yeah. Oh, I can hear the accent. And what do you do there in Manchester?
MCGINNIS: Well, depending on the day and time, I'm a pharmacy tech, photographer, a voice actor and a percussionist with the Jazz Dogs.
SAGAL: Wow. You're like, a New Hampshire renaissance guy.
MCGINNIS: Kind of.
SAGAL: So when you do voiceover work, are you called in for your genuine New Hampshire accent?
MCGINNIS: I try to be. I offer it is one of my, you know, down east, yeah, yeah, yeah.
SAGAL: Well, that's great.
MCGINNIS: Yeah, yeah.
SAGAL: Can you tell me that you can't get there from here?
MCGINNIS: You can't get there from here.
SAGAL: Well, Peter, welcome to the show. Bill Kurtis is going to read for you three news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. If you can fill in that last word or phrase correctly on two of the limericks, you'll be a big winner. You ready to play?
SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.
BILL KURTIS: With kale leaves from farmer Snoop's plot, I think I'll like smoothies a lot. The sticky green juice makes me feel really loose. He has hybridized kale plants with...
SAGAL: Pot, yes.
KURTIS: Pot it is.
SAGAL: Pot, yes.
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SAGAL: Brooklyn-based food lab Williamsburg Wonders has found a way to get people to take their marijuana. Combine it with delicious kale.
SAGAL: It's called Kaleabis.
SAGAL: That shows they were not high enough when they named it.
SAGAL: Kaleabis is just like regular kale, so you'll still hate it. But now you won't remember why.
MO ROCCA: Wow, they really should - you know, really, this experiment isn't working. They really should illegalize kale.
SAGAL: Ban it. Kale and marijuana - it's so weird to combine something you like so much with something you hate. It's like having sex with your dentist.
ROXANNE ROBERTS: That's an oddly specific metaphor.
SAGAL: Yeah, I know.
SAGAL: Here is your next limerick.
KURTIS: It's my favorite past time or sport, but I'm not often asked to cavort. Try as I might, I'm prejudged by my height. I have far fewer flings 'cause I'm...
SAGAL: That's right.
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SAGAL: Short is the answer.
SAGAL: According to a new study from Chapman University, short heterosexual men and women tend to have fewer partners than people of average height. Now, this study cited a number of factors - the height preferences of women - they like taller men, short people's funny, short, little fingers.
SAGAL: But let's face it, it is a turnoff when your boyfriend has to ask for a boost when he wants to make out.
LUKE BURBANK: I believe half of that research you just quoted it directly from a Randy Newman song.
SAGAL: I think so.
SAGAL: Here is your last limerick.
KURTIS: France has air, but their taste is quite futile. Don't cook pasta, France. Keep grooming poodles. Your vile carbonara will win no tiara. Your French themes have butchered our...
SAGAL: Yes, noodles.
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SAGAL: Very good. France and Italy - it's an international scandal. They're battling over something seriously called Carbonaragate.
SAGAL: Carbonaragate is a dispute over a French cooking site's recipe for, quote, "one-pot pasta carbonara." That's a classic Italian dish. Italians are so mad, some are even calling for their prime minister to intervene. You do not to mess with a country's beloved foods. We're talking like Italy is overreacting, right? But remember how mad we were when France made that McRib with propionic hydroxybenzoate instead of butylated hydroxyanisole?
SAGAL: It's tradition.
SAGAL: It's kind of nice that it's a pasta recipe that's causing a fight between Italy and France. The last time they were on opposite sides of a fight it was over the question - are Nazis good?
ROCCA: It's not like they put kale it. I mean...
SAGAL: That's true.
SAGAL: Bill, how did Peter do on our quiz?
KURTIS: Peter did great. He got them all right.
SAGAL: Well done, Peter.
MCGINNIS: Thank you so much.
SAGAL: That's really good. Thank you so much for playing.
MCGINNIS: OK. It was great. Thanks.
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