Jul 28, 2018

Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks ... Unwanted Ad, Facial Recognition, Petting Zoo.

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Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

LESLIE RACLINE: Hi there. This is Leslie from Newark, Del.

SALIE: Hello, Leslie from Newark, Del. That's so confusing to me.

RACLINE: Yeah. It's confusing to a lot of people. There's not a lot of folks who leave Delaware.

SALIE: Not a lot of folks who leave Delaware. That sounds very ominous.


ADAM FELBER: It's the worst state slogan ever.


SALIE: Well, welcome to the show, Leslie.

RACLINE: Thanks.

SALIE: Bill Kurtis is going to read 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 limericks, you're a winner. Here's your first limerick.

BILL KURTIS: Though most straphangers try to disarm it, I wear tank tops to show off this charm kit. When it's shoved in your face, it's a useful ad space. I have printed some text in my...

RACLINE: Armpit?


KURTIS: Exactly.


SALIE: Yes. Finally, there's a more embarrassing place to put your ad than a podcast.


SALIE: The Wakino Ad Company pays men and women to shave their armpits and have a small ad placed there in the form of a sticker or temporary tattoo. This is a great way to get people talking, specifically asking, why is that guy walking around with both arms up?

TOM BODETT: Nothing to make you want to buy than hearing about it the first time in somebody's armpit.


SALIE: What - I mean, what could you do for Motel 6 with that?

BODETT: I've been doing that for 30-some years. If they asked me to get a tattoo in my armpit, I'd probably do it.


BODETT: I mean, let's face it.

FELBER: You're a businessman.

BODETT: Right. Yeah. I'm a business guy, right?


SALIE: Wouldn't it be fun if NPR did this? You know, you raise your arm, and suddenly, you hear...

KURTIS: Support for this armpit comes from Lumber Liquidators.


SALIE: Leslie, here's your next limerick.

KURTIS: In Cleveland, we know he's LeGone (ph). Use those feelings his move will LeSpawn (ph). I can't smile in my pic, so the DMV's trick is to show me the face of...




SALIE: LeBron.


SALIE: The Ohio DMV has a rule - no smiling on your driver's license. So to make sure drivers aren't even tempted, they're posting pictures of LeBron James in a Lakers uniform.


SALIE: This move has cut down on smiling, but incidents of road rage inside the DMV are up 20 percent.


SALIE: If you really want to make Cleveland fans unhappy, just post a picture of Kevin Love and J.R. Smith in their Cavs jerseys.


SALIE: Wait. Hang on while I text my husband to find out what that joke meant.


SALIE: You know, without LeBron, the Cavs are known for being the team with that guy who keeps cheating on Khloe Kardashian. And she's stuck with him. Come on, LeBron. A Kardashian is more faithful to Cleveland than you. Oh, hang on. My husband is texting me back. He says, what is a Kardashian?


SALIE: Leslie, here is your last limerick.

KURTIS: To help nannies and billies emote, I act like a warm, comfy coat. I'll bleat all forlorn and watch out for the horns. My job is to cuddle a...





SALIE: Yes, Leslie. You (imitating goat bleating) made the right choice.


SALIE: The Hux Family Farm in North Carolina is hiring people to cuddle with their goats. You're the big spoon. The goat is a little spoon, and it's eating an actual spoon.


SALIE: The goal is to make goats feel comfortable around humans, so they can - and this is true - be better partners during goat yoga. Goat yoga, of course, is where you do yoga poses while a goat climbs all over you and tries to eat your yoga mat.

FELBER: We don't deserve a country any more.

BODETT: I know. I know.


FELBER: I'm OK with it being destroyed. Goat yoga - now we have to train the goats to be better during goat yoga.


SALIE: Also, we should specify, this is not a paid position - something that, unfortunately, no one told Peter Sagal before he quit this job on Monday and moved to North Carolina.


SALIE: Bill, how did our friend Leslie do?

KURTIS: What a score. A perfect score for her.

SALIE: Congratulations, Leslie.


SALIE: Thank you for playing with us. Bye now.

RACLINE: Bye-bye.


THOMPSON TWINS: (Singing) Hold me now. (Goat bleating). Whoa. Hold my heart. (Goat bleating.) Stay with me. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.