Fact Bag returns from a tiresome expedition through time and space with a new edition of Fact Bag. It's difficult, some say dangerous work, but somebody has to do it. That somebody is Fact Bag. Featuring comedians Matt Rogers and Sudi Green.
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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and face mask tan lines. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with two comedians who are also best friends, returning contestant Matt Rogers and first-time player Sudi Green. OK, are you ready for another game?
SUDI GREEN: Yes.
MATT ROGERS: Yes.
EISENBERG: All right. Matt, Sudi, you're going to work together in this next game. Actually, we're all going to work together in this next game. It's just a...
EISENBERG: ...Quick little interlude here.
EISENBERG: This is called Fact Bag. I've got a couple great random trivia questions that I don't know the answer to, and we'll just talk it out, see if we can guess the answer. And then I believe my producer will be revealing the answer to me in the chat.
ROGERS: I love that.
EISENBERG: In February 2020, someone at Cambridge University's library's Special Collections discovered what serving as a bookmark in a 500-year-old manuscript? I'm going to say a sandwich.
COULTON: A sandwich?
ROGERS: My problem with, like, any sandwich I could order at, like, a restaurant or something or whatever - if I order a sandwich, my problem is always there is too much bread. Like...
ROGERS: The ciabatta rolls and everything - it's just so much bread. And then afterwards, you're just tired.
EISENBERG: I also don't like it, if we're just going to talk sandwiches, when...
EISENBERG: ...They've created a sandwich that has a stack in it that you actually can't fit into your mouth. I don't like that.
ROGERS: Thank you for that. That's important.
EISENBERG: I don't like that.
ROGERS: And some of these burgers that the young girls are making - come on now.
GREEN: Ooh, no with these burgers.
ROGERS: They're not suitable for a mouth.
GREEN: And you know what would happen...
ROGERS: Not suitable.
GREEN: ...When I was coming up with the girls and the burgers when I was coming up? What would happen would be that you would get a squishy bun.
GREEN: And then that burger and that cheese...
EISENBERG: Oh, the greasy, squishy bun...
GREEN: And you would squish it.
COULTON: Yeah. Obviously, it's a squishy bun.
GREEN: And then you're holding that burger one hand, and you're driving down the boulevard with the other.
GREEN: And that was what we're missing kind of today.
EISENBERG: It's true.
ROGERS: We've lost sight of that. Sudi, what is your instinct?
GREEN: Well, my first instinct was a marijuana cigarette.
ROGERS: Ooh, nice.
GREEN: But I'm going to roll that back, and I'm going to say a cigarette.
COULTON: A cigarette.
EISENBERG: Also, maybe - how about an earring?
GREEN: Oh, that's good. And when they opened up the manuscript, they were like, who have you been with? This is not...
GREEN: ...My earring.
ROGERS: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
GREEN: And you have been cheating on me in the library.
ROGERS: And that's actually where it got more interesting.
EISENBERG: All right. Travis, what's the answer? Oh, a half-eaten chocolate chip cookie.
COULTON: Oh, man (laughter).
EISENBERG: That's awful. The cookie left a sizeable stain on the paper. Librarian Emily Dourish guessed that a schoolboy accidently dropped it in the book and forgot about it 50 years ago.
COULTON: Unbelievable - these schoolboys.
EISENBERG: Cambridge's message to the public was don't use baked goods to mark your place.
EISENBERG: Thank you. All right, that was Fact Bag. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.