Headline Game

Originally published on April 9, 2011 11:34 am
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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now guys, it is time for a little game that we like to call?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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SAGAL: Okay, panel, Carl here is going to read you each three recent headlines, only one of which we actually found in a newspaper, magazine or website. Pick the real one and you get a point. So Peter, you're up first. This headline appeared in the Mirror. It's a tabloid in the UK. It's an entertainment story. Was it?

KASELL: Paris Hilton Banned From The Paris Hilton.

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SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: "Britain's Got Talent" Bans Juggler Because His Balls Are Too Big.

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SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: Charlie Sheen Insert Latest Embarrassment Here.

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PETER GROSZ: This is the Mirror?

SAGAL: The Mirror.

GROSZ: I'm going to say B, the juggler with the balls.

SAGAL: You are right.

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SAGAL: A man named Noah Kelly wanted to juggle his three and a half foot wide balls on the show, but he was told it was a safety risk, as we could all imagine.

GROSZ: But not a risk to hilarious headlines.

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SAGAL: All right, Roxanne, you're up next. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal headlined a story about some science news this way. Was it?

KASELL: Sixty Percent of Scientific Studies Inaccurate Says Study.

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SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: Newhall Memorial Names Dr. Frankenstein Chief Medical Officer.

SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: Fossil Data Shows Early Man Chronically Late.

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ROXANNE ROBERTS: Oh, they're all so good.

SAGAL: Yes.

ROBERTS: I'm tempted by the study says, A.

SAGAL: The study says?

ROBERTS: Yeah.

SAGAL: No, actually, it was Frankenstein.

ROBERTS: Frankenstein.

SAGAL: Yeah.

ROBERTS: Okay.

SAGAL: Dr. Richard S. Frankenstein insists it's pronounced Frankensteen. Of course he does.

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SAGAL: All right, Tom, you're up last. Here we go. This is from Wired magazine. It was an animal story. Was it?

KASELL: Elephant Vasectomies: How Vets Pull It Off.

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SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: Officials Say Double Horned Unicorn Just A Goat.

SAGAL: Or?

KASELL: Bald Eagles Observed Using Combovers.

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TOM BODETT: Oh this is Wired. I got to go with the elephant vasectomy.

SAGAL: And you're right.

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SAGAL: Well done.

GROSZ: Oh my gosh.

SAGAL: We'll spare you the details of the story, but a crane is involved.

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