Skip Navigation
NPR News

Sem-ANN-tics

Jul 31, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


Explore this

Reported by

Don't get too annoyed with this final round. Like "annoyed," every answer contains the consecutive letters "A-N-N" somewhere within it. This game separates the canniest from the wannabes.

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR
"I think we sold something around 6000." -Luke Song, on the number of replicas of Aretha Franklin's famous hat (Courtesy of the guest)

Luke Song: Hat's Entertainment!

Jul 31, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

Hear this

Launch in player

Share this


Millinery seems like a brilliant career choice, right? Everybody's got a head.

But for Luke Song, the owner of Mr. Song Millinery outside Detroit, it happened by accident. "I wanted to be an artist, but I went the route of biochemistry. A typical route," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. He quit overnight and went to art school, but still never considered hat design, the chosen profession of his South Korean immigrant parents.

"I needed to make money, so I went to my mom's boutique and I made some hats the only way I knew how." They flew off the shelves, and in six months he had paid off his student loans.

Song had discovered his niche. And then, in 2009, with one famous hat at one big moment in history, his became a household name. "I went from zero to sixty in like, two days," said Song.

Since he clearly knows his way around hats, an Ask Me Another Challenge tasked Song with trying to get a fellow contestant to guess real and fictional characters based on a description of their signature chapeaux.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR
"I think we sold something around 6000." -Luke Song, on the number of replicas of Aretha Franklin's famous hat (Courtesy of the guest)

Can't Place The Place Name

Jul 31, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


Fame knows no geographic bounds in this game about celebrity-city name mashups. In what Florida city does the singer of "Nasty" hang out? That's "Janet Jacksonville."

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR
"I think we sold something around 6000." -Luke Song, on the number of replicas of Aretha Franklin's famous hat (Courtesy of the guest)

Movie Math

Jul 31, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


If Pythagoras were alive today, we think he'd be a movie buff. Multiply your film knowledge by your math skills in this quiz that asks you to perform computations with the numbers in movie titles.

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR
"I think we sold something around 6000." -Luke Song, on the number of replicas of Aretha Franklin's famous hat (Courtesy of the guest)

It's Eezy

Jul 31, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


We're spotlighting both the most common and least common English letters in this game — E and Z. Every clue points to a word or phrase containing "E-E-Z" spelled consecutively. Easy!

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.