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11:26am

Fri February 8, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halftime Shows And Love Stories

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When it's early-mid February, the mind naturally turns to those fundamentals of the good life: love and football.

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10:37am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

The "I" In Team

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

Who are you rooting for this season? If it's the Phoenix Sins, then watch out--your starting lineup may include sloth, gluttony, envy and pride. Puzzle guru John Chaneski has taken the names of U.S. pro sports teams and swapped out a vowel for the letter "i" to imagine some hilarious team names you might hesitate to wear proudly on a jersey.

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Something In Common

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

"He played Rick in Casablanca, and it's also one stroke over par in golf." Crossword puzzlers will delight in this game's clues, which appear to be about two very different things, but the answer to which is, in fact, the same. If you knew the answer to the clue above was "Bogey," this game will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Sing What?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

You remember the chorus to Jimi Hendrix' famous song "Purple Haze": "S'cuse me while I kiss this guy." No? You caught us. This game, led by guest musician John Roderick, is made of often-misheard lyrics, known as "mondegreens." Get your karaoke voice ready, because you'll want to sing along with these answers.

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

He Was In That?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Okay, let's bring on our next two contestants. Please welcome Hannah Van Winkle and Jason Shapiro.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So happy to have you both, welcome.

HANNAH VAN WINKLE: Thank you.

JASON SHAPIRO: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Hannah, you are a television producer.

WINKLE: Indeed.

EISENBERG: Do you watch a lot of movies?

WINKLE: Yeah, a fair amount.

EISENBERG: What is one movie in your like top ten?

WINKLE: "Ghostbusters."

EISENBERG: "Ghostbusters," nice.

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10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Capital, Not The Capital

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

In this Ask Me One More final round, John Chaneski names a world city, and contestants must decide whether or not it is its nation's capital. Former geography bee champions and map enthusiasts, rejoice!

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

As Seen On TV

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

If you call in the next ten minutes, we'll throw in an extra-special trivia game hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru John Chaneski about those fabulous late-night commercials selling products that you must buy right now! Operators are standing by.

10:07am

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts & Life

Sharpen Your Wits (And Your Pencils)

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

Guest musician John Roderick, of the band The Long Winters, addresses the crowd at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
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"Shake it like a polar bear ninja!" If you suspect that these are not the correct lyrics to Outkast's "Hey Ya!", then this week's game of mondegreens (misheard lyrics) is for you. We'll also visit the world of late-night infomercials and root for our favorite gluttonous, envious, lustful basketball team--the Phoenix Sins. Plus, V.I.P. David Rees teaches us how to sharpen pencils the artisanal way.

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9:43am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Salt

Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:37 pm

Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
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About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

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7:57am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:37 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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