Click-Bait And Switch

Apr 28, 2017
Originally published on August 18, 2017 10:12 am

Many people don't like learning about history, but they DO like reading Buzzfeed articles about kittens. To get more people interested in history, we've written clickbait-style headlines for important historical events. Contestants ring in to guess the event — but what happens after that will SHOCK you.

Heard on Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Hey, Jonathan.

JONATHAN COULTON: Yeah?

EISENBERG: We're on the road in Phoenix.

COULTON: I know.

EISENBERG: So you know what that means.

COULTON: Yeah.

JONATHAN COULTON AND OPHIRA EISENBERG: Times zone quiz.

COULTON: Very exciting.

EISENBERG: OK. So if it's noon in New York, what time is it in Illinois?

COULTON: 11 a.m.

EISENBERG: That is right. What time is it in California?

COULTON: Nine a.m.

EISENBERG: Exactly. And what time is it in Arizona?

COULTON: No one knows, but it's a dry heat.

From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., is NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host Ophira Eisenberg.

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EISENBERG: Thank you, Jonathan. It's great to be here in Phoenix, Ariz. And we have four brilliant contestants backstage organizing a carpool back to Tucson, but only one will be our big winner. And our special guest is one half of the legendary comedy magic duo Penn and Teller. It's Penn Jillette.

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EISENBERG: Our first game is for those of you who love click bait headlines like "Faith In Humanity Restored: Two Inspiring Contestants Risk It All In A Game About History." Let's click on them. First up, Ashley Whipple (ph) on buzzer number one. You are a food blogger and cookbook author. Welcome.

ASHLEY WHIPPLE: Hi. Thanks.

EISENBERG: And your opponent is Cole Eskridge (ph) on buzzer number two. You work in an office of digital learning at the University of Arizona.

COLE ESKRIDGE: Yes, I do.

EISENBERG: Welcome.

ESKRIDGE: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: The first of you who wins two of our games will move on to the final round at the end of the show. Let's start with a trivia game called Click Bait History. Many people don't like learning about history, but they do like reading Buzzfeed articles about kittens.

COULTON: To get more people interested in history, we have written click bait-style headlines for important historical events. So just buzz in to identify the event that we are talking about. Here we go.

EISENBERG: "You Had One Job: Watch These Wall Street Bozos' Epic 1929 Fail Video..."

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EISENBERG: Cole.

ESKRIDGE: The Great Depression.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That is correct. The Great Depression.

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EISENBERG: There was a lot of L-O-Ling in the '20s.

COULTON: Yeah. The eltway (ph) O-L in the '20s...

EISENBERG: They did. And then they had no jobs.

COULTON: "Are You An Observant Catholic Loyal To The Throne? Answer These Questions Under Extreme Duress To Find Out."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Cole.

ESKRIDGE: The Spanish Inquisition.

COULTON: You got it.

EISENBERG: "Oh, No, They Didn't. You Won't Believe What These 56 Colonists Just Signed."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Cole.

ESKRIDGE: The signing of the Declaration of Independence.

EISENBERG: That is correct. And then that crazy gang of misfits went on to start a country (laughter). "On July 20, 1969, Two Guys Use This One Weird Trick To Cut Their Weight By 83 Percent"

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Coal.

ESKRIDGE: The landing on the moon.

EISENBERG: That is correct. The first 10 pounds are water weight - just so you know.

COULTON: "In 1989, These People Thought They Were Vandalizing A Wall. What They Really Did? Germany Will Never Be The Same."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Cole.

ESKRIDGE: The tumbling of the Berlin Wall.

COULTON: That's correct.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Germany will never be the same. That's been said a few times.

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EISENBERG: This - what? Too soon? What's the problem?

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EISENBERG: This is your last clue. "Trend Alert: Arts, Sciences And Humanities Way Up After Centuries Of Garbage."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Ashley.

WHIPPLE: I was not expecting that to work.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So how's the...

COULTON: So answers?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Answers answers, answers. Let's see.

WHIPPLE: Right? So there was the Dark Ages. We're not looking for that.

EISENBERG: No.

WHIPPLE: And then...

EISENBERG: There's - right there's a - fairs. Puzzle Guru Art Chung, would you like to give a hint?

ART CHUNG: They want you to get this. It's sort of like a rebirth of arts and sciences.

WHIPPLE: Oh, the Renaissance.

EISENBERG: Yes. Indeed.

WHIPPLE: Yay.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle Guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Cole was a little bit faster on the buzzer. Congratulations, Cole. You're one step closer to the final round. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.