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Thu April 3, 2014

Our Delicious Bodies

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 10:59 am

Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Welcome back to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR and WNYC's hour of trivia, puzzles and word games. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and we're going to see what comedian Mike Birbiglia remembers from his Catholic school days in just a bit. But first let's say hello to Alicia Bowman and Kiesha Jenkins-Duffy.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, Alicia, you have the same sleep disorder as Mike Birbiglia?

ALICIA BOWMAN: Guilty as charged.

EISENBERG: Wow.

BOWMAN: Yeah. What are the odds?

EISENBERG: Yeah. Well, I mean one and one - as it turns out.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Kiesha, you have a baking blog?

KIESHA JENKINS-DUFFY: I do.

EISENBERG: That's very cool.

JENKINS-DUFFY: Thank you.

EISENBERG: So what do you do on this blog?

JENKINS-DUFFY: I just write about things that I bake and take photos.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK.

JENKINS-DUFFY: It's really as simple as that. I also like to talk a lot about things that I attempt to make and fail at, so...

EISENBERG: OK. Yeah. What's a recent failure?

JENKINS-DUFFY: Baking lemon meringue cupcakes and they just deflated and like flooded over the cupcake tin.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So this game is called Our Delicious Bodies. Now I have no problem with vegetarians. Vegans, I'm getting better about. But I...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...I'm not into cannibalism. You can't make me.

WILL HEINZ: Ophira, that is beyond reasonable.

EISENBERG: Thank you.

HEINZ: But I assure you that this game is not about eating people, exactly. It does seem that way, though, because you'll notice all the foods in this game contain parts of the human body in their name. So contestants, for example, if we ask you, what's the name of the sponge cake that's the principal ingredient in tiramisu? You would answer, lady finger. And all the foods in this game will have a body part in the answer.

EISENBERG: I would answer woman finger. But...

HEINZ: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Part of the feminist finger league.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. Let's start. What short curved tubular pasta puts the Mac and Mac and cheese?

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EISENBERG: Kiesha.

JENKINS-DUFFY: Elbow macaroni.

EISENBERG: Exactly. Perfect.

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HEINZ: Contestants, an Italian, the super thin stringy pasta is Capelli d'Angelo. In English, it's known as what?

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JENKINS-DUFFY: Angel hair.

EISENBERG: Kiesha, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: You both have beautiful, blonde, angelic light hair, which is reminiscent of the pasta.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: There are no brunet angels - as it turns out.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I have a problem with.

HEINZ: This game is bringing up a lot of resentment for you.

EISENBERG: I know. Yeah. Though it looks like a bellybutton, the internal second part of this fruit is actually the vestiges of what would've been a conjoined twin. Enjoy.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kiesha.

JENKINS-DUFFY: Naval orange?

EISENBERG: Yeah. Disgusting, but, yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

HEINZ: Also known as Swamp cabbage, ewh, what vegetable is harvested from the inner core of certain trees - including the coconut tree?

EISENBERG: I know. It's a weird one.

HEINZ: Yeah. It tastes like artichoke. Has a beat. A body part that's involved in this have a beat.

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HEINZ: Alicia.

BOWMAN: Artichoke heart?

HEINZ: That's makes sense from what we said.

EISENBERG: Ooh, yeah.

HEINZ: But that's not, that's not the answer were looking for.

(LAUGHTER)

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BOWMAN: Ooh. Oh, oh, oh, oh. I change my mind. Hearts of palm. Hearts of palm.

HEINZ: Yes. We had enough time go by. Hearts of palm.

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HEINZ: Heart of palm, actually. It's singular.

EISENBERG: Swamp cabbage does not describe that at all.

HEINZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I mean Swamp cabbage should not describe anything, as far as I'm concerned.

HEINZ: Yeah. Whoever named was mad at it.

BOWMAN: They had to dress up the name.

HEINZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: The hated it.

HEINZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Also known as Braun, this misleadingly named cold cut is in fact, made from the second aspect.

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EISENBERG: Kiesha.

JENKINS-DUFFY: Liverwurst?

EISENBERG: Hmm. Interesting...

HEINZ: But that's not what we're...

EISENBERG: But that's not what we're looking for. Alicia, can you steal?

BOWMAN: Liver sausage?

(LAUGHTER)

HEINZ: That'd be a real interesting way to mean to Kiesha if we took that.

(LAUGHTER)

HEINZ: But that's also not what we're looking for.

EISENBERG: It's even a worse name.

HEINZ: It's maybe the grossest name for food and I can think of.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Anyone out there?

AUDIENCE: Head cheese.

EISENBERG: Head cheese.

BOWMAN: All gross.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

HEINZ: Yeah. Yeah.

BOWMAN: You know, I'm glad I didn't get that one.

EISENBERG: Yeah, because it's gross. It's true.

HEINZ: OK. This is your last clue. Chicago's George Schmidt is credited with doubling the standard six inch version to create one giant fast food item?

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HEINZ: Kiesha.

JENKINS-DUFFY: Foot-long sub?

HEINZ: Oh, wow. You guys are so smart you're thinking of some legitimate answer that were not looking for.

EISENBERG: I mean like more specific.

HEINZ: Yeah. But that's...

EISENBERG: Alicia, can you steal?

BOWMAN: Probably not a foot-long hot dog.

HEINZ: That is correct.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Very close.

HEINZ: Yeah. This was a very close game. But our winner for this round was Kiesha.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Kiesha.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We will see you in the Ask Me One More final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FEED ME SEYMOUR! FEED ME ALL NIGHT LONG")

JULIAN VELARD: (Singing) Feed me, Seymour. Feed me all night long.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: So go get it.

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