Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Limericks

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme.

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ASHLEY BRAVO: Hi, my name is Ashley Bravo.

SAGAL: Hello, Ashley Bravo. Where are you calling from?

BRAVO: I am from Portland, Oregon.

SAGAL: Hey, how are things in Portland?

BRAVO: It's actually not raining right now.

SAGAL: That's very good.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BRAVO: Yes, it is, it is.

SAGAL: Ashley Bravo is a lovely name. You sound like a military call sign.

BRAVO: Well, I was recently married, so I used to be Ashley Road.

SAGAL: And you married a gentleman named Mr. Bravo?

BRAVO: Yes, I did.

SAGAL: Okay.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That's fine. What is his first name?

BRAVO: His first name is Pablo.

SAGAL: Pablo Bravo.

PETER GROSZ: Pablo Bravo.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Wow.

TOM BODETT: Bravo, Pablo Bravo, that's a heck of a name.

O'CONNOR: That's awesome.

GROSZ: That's a great name.

BRAVO: It is.

GROSZ: I want to marry Pablo Bravo.

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SAGAL: Ashley, welcome to the show. Now, Carl Kasell is going to read you three limericks about this week's theme, health, fitness, that sort of thing, 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 will be a winner. Ready to play?

BRAVO: Yes, I am.

SAGAL: Here's your first limerick.

CARL KASELL, HOST:

Don Juan knew what led to the bed. It wasn't the things that he said, but a glance from above made the girls fall in love. It was all in the tilt of his?

BRAVO: Head.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Researchers have figured out it's not about supple lips, pretty eyes or long legs. The key to attractiveness is how you angle your head. Australian scientists say women who tilt their heads forward give off a more feminine vibe, and men who tilt their heads back register a more masculine look. So try it. On some of you, the key may be tilting your head all the way down until it's hidden in your shirt.

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SAGAL: Or perhaps if you're bald like me, you can draw a more attractive face on the top of your head.

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SAGAL: A little George Clooney mask right there. You guys are ladies men, has this worked for you? The idea is that you look down, sort of tilt your head back and you look down as if you're looking at them from above.

BODETT: Well I have to do it now and then because I have progressive lenses in my glasses.

SAGAL: Oh yeah.

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BODETT: So if you stand too close, I do that.

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODETT: Naturally.

GROSZ: I'm pretty paranoid about nose hair, so I would never tilt my head back.

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GROSZ: And I have a prominent nose. I would never proffer my nose and my nasal cavity to a woman.

O'CONNOR: This doesn't make any sense to me. So if the guy is tilting his head back.

SAGAL: Yeah.

O'CONNOR: The women is trying to look cute and tilting her head forward. How do their eyes ever meet?

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Basically he's having a conversation with the ceiling tile. She's talking to his navel.

O'CONNOR: Yeah.

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SAGAL: All right. Here, Ashley, is your next limerick.

KASELL: I woke with a stranger named Olga, both with headaches, both wearing a toga. But I think we'll endure with this hangover cure, just start stretching and doing some?

BRAVO: Yoga.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: We also would have accepted yolga.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The New York Times says yoga may help a hangover. While some poses, particularly those which bring the head below the waist may increase head pounding, others help blood flow and oxygen intake. One yoga instructor says some poses, quote, "squeeze your organs like wet sponge." And if you're hung over, that imagine probably made you throw up and now you feel better.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right, here is your last limerick.

KASELL: You beauty salons best beware, before I sit down in your chair. My head is quite lush but will break any brush, for I have uncombable?

BRAVO: Hair.

SAGAL: Hair, yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This is known, really, it's a genetic illness. It's called Uncombable Hair Syndrome.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: There's no cure. It's a condition that causes your hair to be grooved. It sort of reinforces it, so it stands up and cannot be tamed. If your doctor says to you, "you have an incurable genetic disorder," you really want his next words to be: "it's Uncombable Hair Syndrome."

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BODETT: The heartbreak of UHS.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The only cure: a hat.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BODETT: Dreadlocks.

SAGAL: That'll do it, I guess. Carl, how did Ashley do on our quiz?

KASELL: Well, she won our prize because Ashley had three correct answers.

SAGAL: Well done, Ashley.

O'CONNOR: Wow.

SAGAL: Or should I say bravo.

O'CONNOR: Bravo.

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GROSZ: Bravo.

SAGAL: Bravo.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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