PETER SAGAL, HOST:
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BRANDY DANIELS: Hi, this is Brandy from Nashville, Tennessee.
SAGAL: Your name is Brandy and you live in task Nashville?
DANIELS: I do. Why?
SAGAL: Surely you are a country star.
DANIELS: Oh, God, no.
SAGAL: No? What do you do in Nashville if you are not a country music star, which is a shame?
DANIELS: I'm a PhD student in theology.
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Whoa. Hey, Brandy.
AMY DICKINSON: Perfect.
SAGAL: Oh, boy.
POUNDSTONE: This really brings up an excellent point.
POUNDSTONE: What do you think about the Pope causing millions of adults to wear diapers?
DANIELS: Well, I am not a Catholic theologian so I'll defer that to my Jesuit friends.
SAGAL: Now I should point out to Paula, the Pope is not commanding them to wear the diaper.
SAGAL: Well, Brandy, welcome to the show.
DANIELS: Thank you.
SAGAL: Bill Kurtis is going to perform 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?
DANIELS: I sure am.
SAGAL: Here is your first limerick.
BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: For our kingdom, I fought a bold fight. My Viagra addressed a big blight. Old groins can now stir so they've made me a Sir. For my pills they have made me a -- it's a hard one.
SAGAL: Brandy, can...
DANIELS: Yeah. It is a hard one.
DANIELS: I guess I get bonus points. Can you read it again?
KURTIS: Yes, with pleasure. OK, for our kingdom, I fought a bold fight. My Viagra addressed a big blight. Old groins can now stir so they've made me a Sir. For my pills they have made me add...
SAGAL: Yes, a knight.
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KURTIS: Knight, knight. Good for you.
SAGAL: Sir Lancelot meet Sir Pantselot. Dr. Simon Campbell, the scientist who invented Viagra, is being knighted this year by the queen of England. And Campbell truly is a British hero. Sir Dr. Simon Campbell, all men of the British Commonwealth salute you, but don't ask how.
SAGAL: All right, here's your next limerick.
KURTIS: With dairy I seek to combine the Loire and Mosel and Rhine. There's much expertise in pairings with cheese. It's time to mix ice cream and...
KURTIS: Wine it is.
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POUNDSTONE: Very good.
SAGAL: Great news for people hoping to speed up their post-breakup binging. You can now overindulge on wine and ice cream at the same time. A New York dairy has invented wine-flavored ice cream available in flavors like Riesling, cherry merlot, peach white zinfandel and Manischewitz hubby.
SAGAL: Just think, within 10 hours you could have both an ice cream headache and a hangover headache.
BRIAN BABYLON: That don't - I don't know.
POUNDSTONE: A lot of drunks were already doing it.
DICKINSON: That's true.
SAGAL: All right, here is your last limerick.
KURTIS: Mr. Bubbles won't swim with his old swish. To his wet vet I go with a bold wish. We pinned down his fins and the surgery begins. Tiny tools will be used on my...
SAGAL: Yes, goldfish. Very good.
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)
SAGAL: Goldfish. A British man has paid his vet about $500 to perform life-saving surgery on his beloved but constipated goldfish. Now you may question, if you're a sane person, spending roughly the cost of 2,000 new goldfish just to save one old one. But it would have been a tragic irony if the goldfish had died of constipation and then been flushed down the toilet.
SAGAL: By the way, as far as we know, the owner did not observe the surgery itself. So it's possible the surgeon just bought a new goldfish for 50 cents and said look, good as new. Bill, how did Bgandy do on our quiz?
KURTIS: You know, I'm impressed. She got them all.
SAGAL: Well done, Brandy. Thank you so much for playing, Brandy.
DANIELS: Thanks. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.