It's the grand finale of Ask Me Another's favorite musical games. Fugazi's Ian MacKaye teams up with NPR's Stephen Thompson to identify acoustic renditions of punk songs performed in decidedly un-punk style by house musician Jonathan Coulton ("Un-Punk'd"). And puzzle guru Art Chung leads a gripping final round on phrases and proper nouns that contain the name of a musical instrument ("Our Magnum Opus").
The hour of musical games continues. Sometimes we like to get a little more clever than "name that tune"-style music games. Here, Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton disguise word games as songs ("Triple Word Score"), invite contestants to sing and clap the answers ("Happy and You Know It"), and search to find the best lyricist among the audience to update Cole Porter's timeless classic, "You're The Top" ("Pen It Like Porter").
Drop a quarter into the Ask Me Another jukebox this week, and revisit some music games from seasons' past. No musical history is sacred on this show—we will rewrite any song lyrics into trivia questions. Join host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton as we defile the Fab Four in the game "With The Beatles," and Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 earworm in a round dubbed "Call Me M.B."
Already under orders from a court to partially shut down production because of concerns that spicy smells from its Irwindale, Calif., plant are irritating neighbors' eyes, noses and throats, Huy Fong Foods has now been told it can't ship its Sriracha hot sauce until at least 30 days after bottling.
"In a statement, the California Department of Public Health said, in part, 'a hold time was necessary to ensure an effective treatment of micro-organisms present in the [Huy Fong Foods] product. Holding products for a period of time at a specified pH level is one method of controlling those micro-organisms.' "
The Los Angeles Times says "it's not clear whether the hold is a new requirement."
Now there's concern about a sauce shortage.
"It's a disaster," Damon Chu, president of Giant Union Co., tells the Pasadena Star-News. "We've done business with them for 20 years and we've never had this kind of thing before. We get shipments every 2-5 days and we never had any doubt of them saying they don't' have it so we don't store that much."
The Star-News and some others on Twitter are already referring to this as a #Srirachapocalypse.
But Sriracha fans should have faith, Huy Fong Foods tells CBS Los Angeles. It predicts "there won't be a sauce shortage," thanks to bottles it already has on hand.
To: Mr. Grinch
From: Who Who & Who
Re: Possible defamation claim
Thank you for visiting our offices to explore the possibility of a defamation claim regarding statements recently made about you.
Potentially defamatory statements
We will first take some of the statements you mention in turn to explain their possible relevance to a successful claim.
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
Under the laws of defamation in effect in Whoville, this would most likely be considered a statement of opinion and not actionable.
You really are a heel
Also opinion. Generally under Whoville law, successful defamation claims arise from statements of fact.
You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch
While these statements are unkind, and while it is probably theoretically possible to establish that you are, in fact, more cuddly than a cactus according to a physicist's or linguist's definition of cuddliness (softness, lack of thorns, etc.), there are additional elements of cuddliness that we believe it would be difficult to convince a fact-finder were not ultimately subjective. The same is true of "charming."
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel
We believe this will be viewed as a satirical instance of hyperbole not intended to be taken as literal fact, as you do not particularly resemble a banana peel in color, size, or shape. We recognize that the comparison is hurtful.
Your brain is full of spiders, you've got garlic in your soul
Again, we suspect a court will conclude this is hyperbole. We could employ a neurologist to establish via digital imaging that your brain contains no spiders, but we suspect it will be unhelpful. Even more so, the difficulty in asking a medical professional to evaluate a soul for the presence of foreign substances makes the likelihood of success there small. We could consult a member of the clergy, but bringing religion into civil litigation is often unwise.
I wouldn't touch you with a 39 and a half foot pole
We are not certain why the speaker chose such a specific length for the pole, and understand your concern that there is some hidden meaning regarding what 39 and a half feet has to do with anything, but we believe a court will be unlikely to inquire and will chalk this up to whimsy.
You have termites in your smile
We have pondered this statement in light of the Whovillian interpretation of the doctrine of defamation per se, which holds that it can be defamatory to imply that a person has a particularly repugnant disease. The infestations to which this has most often been implied are not termites and do not affect the smile, but we would be willing to employ a pest control company to verify falsehood and can discuss this further.
You're a nasty wasty skunk
We're not sure what this means.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk
See above re: brain spiders.
You're a crooked jerky jockey and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch
We believe this is actually potentially defamation of your dog, Max, both because he is not a hoss and because, as we understand, he is relatively competent at running in a straight line. Does Max have any interest in joining the action as a co-plaintiff?
You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce
Sounds delicious! Ha ha, just kidding. We also believe this is likely to be hyperbole.
In order to demonstrate defamation, we generally have to show damage to your reputation. We expect defendants to argue that you are in effect "libel-proof," meaning that your reputation in the community of Whoville is already negative enough that it cannot be further damaged by these statements regarding unwashed socks, etc.
We expect the problem here will be the evidence that you hate Christmas, while every Who in Whoville, as you know, likes Christmas a lot. The efforts you recently made to remove gifts, decorations, and other items belonging to the Whos certainly harmed your reputation, but we are aware that you later returned these items to avoid prosecution and attempted to improve your relations with the town by breaking bread with some of Whoville's most prominent citizens. (Or, as you put it, "to shut those nitwits up so I can get some peace," a description we urge you not to repeat publicly.) This entire sequence, however, happened after the statements above were made.
You also may find that defendants attempt to classify you as a public figure, meaning under Whoville law that you would have to demonstrate that the statements were made maliciously in order to recover. As the only Grinch in the proximity of Whoville and presumably one that would stand out :), we believe that you might seem on first glance to be a public figure. However, the fact that you were able to disguise yourself as Santa Claus without hiding your face suggests that many in Whoville do not recognize you and did not expect your arrival.
We are not confident that we can obtain a recovery in your case, but if you wish to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who implanted the brass frame that later broke in your chest due to your enlarged heart, we are willing to discuss.
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