Ophira and Jonathan are back at it again with the Fact Bag! What's that? A trivia question is pulled from its depths. A debate ensues. The answer is revealed. End scene.
Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
While Nikki and Maura get ready for the final round, it's time for us to play a game. This is called Fact Bag. I have a bag of trivia questions. Jonathan and I do not know the answers to these questions. Each question is written on an envelope. I'm going to read the question. Jonathan and I will briefly discuss. Then we will open up the envelope and find out the real answer.
JONATHAN COULTON: OK.
EISENBERG: Here we go. In 2014, McDonald's created a new variety of broccoli - what...
COULTON: Doesn't seem possible.
EISENBERG: ...To include in its kids' meals with a flavor designed to appeal to children. What did it taste like?
COULTON: I assume the answer is not broccoli.
EISENBERG: Yeah. I'm going to assume it tasted like something - kale. No, that wouldn't be something...
COULTON: No. Well, what do kids like, candy? It didn't taste like candy. That's...
EISENBERG: Didn't taste like candy.
COULTON: That's monstrous. You would never do that.
EISENBERG: A new variety of...
EISENBERG: Yeah, green ketchup. It tasted like a quarter pounder.
COULTON: Tasted like a quarter pounder, tasted like cheese - macaroni and cheese.
EISENBERG: Or those apple pies. That's what I like at a McDonald's.
COULTON: Going to be hot dogs - tasted like hot dogs.
EISENBERG: OK, should we decide on one?
COULTON: Yeah, OK.
EISENBERG: I'm going to say it tasted like an apple.
COULTON: An apple.
EISENBERG: Seriously, I'm going to say that...
COULTON: Like a - they tasted more like a fruit than a vegetable.
EISENBERG: That's right.
COULTON: I like that. I like the way that sounds.
EISENBERG: OK, let's see what Fact Bag says. In 2014, this new variety - OK, it tasted like - oh, the natural flavor for a broccoli, bubble gum.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Oh.
COULTON: Oh, come on. That is a terrible idea.
EISENBERG: Guess what. Kids, being humans, were too confused during the taste tests.
EISENBERG: So it was never introduced into McDonald's restaurants.
COULTON: I don't care for that at all.
EISENBERG: I know.
EISENBERG: Fact bag.
COULTON: Fact Bag number two.
EISENBERG: "Harry Potter" fans know the evil wizard Lord Voldemort's real name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. However, in the French version of the books, Voldemort has a different real name. What is it, and why was it changed?
COULTON: His name in France is monsieur qu'est-ce qui se passe.
EISENBERG: (Laughter) You know what? This is what I'm going to say. In the French version, it has been changed because I bet there's someone in France known as Tom Marvolo Riddle.
COULTON: Or it could be a dirty word of some kind.
EISENBERG: Tom Marvolo - qu'est-ce qui se passe indeed.
COULTON: Marvolo Riddle.
EISENBERG: (Laughter) Marvolo - don't come to me with your Marvolo. OK. Yeah. You think it's a dirty thing?
COULTON: I think it's a dirty thing. Listen; we're not going to guess what the new one is (laughter).
EISENBERG: We're never going to guess what the new one is. There's no way. I'm going to say he's a real person.
EISENBERG: You're going to say...
COULTON: I'm going to say it's a dirty word of some kind.
EISENBERG: Some sort of dirty thing?
COULTON: Or an unfortunate word.
EISENBERG: It, like, refers to something that is unsavory or unfortunate...
COULTON: You don't want a...
COULTON: ...Character named that.
EISENBERG: All right. Let's find out...
COULTON: Back hair.
EISENBERG: ...What's going on. Tom Marvolo Riddle is an anagram of I am Lord Voldemort.
EISENBERG: This anagram only works in English. In French, I am Lord Voldemort is translated to je suis Voldemort. So the anagram was changed to Tom Elvis Jedusor.
COULTON: I feel like they phoned that last part in a little bit.
EISENBERG: All right. This is our last fact bag.
COULTON: Last fact bag.
EISENBERG: In 1996, Australian scientists discovered that koalas are similar to humans in what way that might confuse crime scene investigators? It's got to be fingerprints. It's got to be fingerprints. Wait a second. That can't be right.
COULTON: They are serial killers.
EISENBERG: Right. That would confuse them.
COULTON: I think you're right. I think that they have fingerprints that are similar to people.
COULTON: And so when you're at a crime scene, you're, like, well, it's reasonable doubt. You're going (laughter), your honor, these could easily be koala prints.
EISENBERG: It's got to be fingerprints.
COULTON: They've got fingerprints.
EISENBERG: All right, let's see if we're right. Koalas, crime - yep, we're right.
EISENBERG: They have human-like fingerprints. And here's the mysterious little extra bit. It is unclear why koalas have fingerprints since most tree-climbing animals do not.
COULTON: Could the answer be murder?
EISENBERG: All right, the fact bag is now empty. Thank you, fact bag. Give it up for fact bag.
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