GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)

Feb 21, 2020

In the final round of the Battle of the Podcast Stars, the two surviving podcast hosts go H2H in this T/F game about commonly-used acronyms. Who will take the L?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So it's time to crown our big winner from our first Battle of the Podcast Stars. Let's bring back our finalists - from the podcast "Dr. Gameshow," Manolo Moreno...

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EISENBERG: ...And from "The Unofficial Expert," Marie Faustin.

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EISENBERG: OK. Manolo and Marie, your final round is called GOAT, which is short for greatest of all time. This is a true-false quiz about the meanings of other commonly used acronyms, and our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Manolo is going first. We're going to go back and forth, so no need to ring in. Here we go.

Manolo, true or false - scuba is short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

MANOLO MORENO: Sure.

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: True.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Marie, true or false - IMAX is short for image maximum.

MARIE FAUSTIN: I'm going to say false.

EISENBERG: Sorry, it is true.

FAUSTIN: I was going to say true.

MORENO: Wait.

FAUSTIN: But then I said false.

MORENO: I-M-A-C - iMac?

EISENBERG: IMAX - I-M-A-X. Yeah.

MORENO: Oh.

FAUSTIN: Oh, IMAX.

MORENO: The 'puter (ph).

FAUSTIN: I was thinking iMac.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. Manolo, ALF - as in the TV show "ALF" - is short for alien life form.

MORENO: True.

EISENBERG: That is true.

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EISENBERG: Marie, Spam is short for solidified packaged animal melange.

FAUSTIN: Ah, melange?

EISENBERG: Melange.

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say true.

EISENBERG: Sorry. It's false. It's originally short for spiced ham. Jonathan, what's the score?

JONATHAN COULTON: Well, so far, Manolo's in the lead, 2 to 0.

FAUSTIN: Ooh.

EISENBERG: OK, Manolo, true or false - Nerf is short for nonexpandable recreational foam.

MORENO: Why's that anyone's concern?

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: Like, parents don't want things to expand or...

EISENBERG: I would like that to be the game, but...

MORENO: I know. I'm sorry. False?

EISENBERG: It's true. Ooh, yeah.

MORENO: OK.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

EISENBERG: Marie, true or false - the car company Smart is short for Swatch Mercedes ART.

FAUSTIN: What?

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say that's false.

EISENBERG: True.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. The car was a result of a partnership with the watch company Swatch. Manolo, the car company Fiat is short for four inflatable automobile tires.

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: Nah - false.

EISENBERG: False. Yeah. It's Italian for Italian automobile factory of Turin. Marie, IKEA is short for a Swedish phrase meaning picture instructions.

FAUSTIN: I thought it was short for, will break when you sit on it too fast.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Yes, true.

EISENBERG: Sorry, it's false.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I-K are the founder's initials, and E-A are the first letters of the places he grew up. All right, we're halfway through. How are they doing, Jonathan?

COULTON: Well, Marie's having a perfect game.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Manolo's in the lead, 3 to 0.

EISENBERG: Manolo, true or false - Taser is short for Thomas A. Swift's electric rifle.

MORENO: What? Let's say true.

EISENBERG: Yeah, true.

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EISENBERG: It's named after a problematic science fiction novel published in 1911.

FAUSTIN: Yikes.

COULTON: All right, here's the situation.

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: Manolo is now in the lead, 4 to 0. So Maria, if you get this question wrong, Manolo will win the game.

FAUSTIN: Wow. No pressure or anything, though.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK, Marie, true or false - the cooking spray Pam is short for product of Arthur Meyerhoff.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: This one feels like I should get it right, right?

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say...

MORENO: Arthur...

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say it's true (laughter).

EISENBERG: It is true, yeah.

(CHEERING)

FAUSTIN: Wow.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

FAUSTIN: Look - they really wanted me to get that one point.

EISENBERG: They did. I know.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: The score is now 4 to 1. Manolo, if you get this question right, you win.

FAUSTIN: Oh, wow.

EISENBERG: Manolo, the cooking oil canola is short for a Canada oil low acid.

MORENO: There's no way that's, like, short for anything. It's too long.

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: I'm just going to say false.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. It is true.

MORENO: Oh.

FAUSTIN: Ooh, we got a game now.

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: Really?

EISENBERG: It's true.

COULTON: You're holding on. Marie, if you get this question right, we'll keep going. If you get it wrong, Manolo will win the game.

FAUSTIN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: All right. Marie, CAPTCHA is short for computer assisted program that challenges human answers.

FAUSTIN: I don't even know what that is. Is that, like...

EISENBERG: It's those...

FAUSTIN: ...What cats take for drugs?

EISENBERG: No, no, no. It's those...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's those squiggly letters that you have to input when they're like, are you...

FAUSTIN: Oh, wingdings. Web dings?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: No, it's like a security measure...

FAUSTIN: OK, yes.

EISENBERG: ...On a, like, website or something - a CAPTCHA.

FAUSTIN: CAPTCHA, where it's like, pick the streetlights or...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

MORENO: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

FAUSTIN: ...The pictures with the sidewalks.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

MORENO: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say that's true.

EISENBERG: Sorry, it's false.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: It's fine. I got a point. I can go home now.

(LAUGHTER)

MORENO: Oh, brother.

EISENBERG: It actually stands for completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.

FAUSTIN: Whoo.

EISENBERG: And that was a crazy, kind of spirited game that went all over the place, and the winner is Manolo, everybody. Congratulations, Manolo.

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EISENBERG: Thank you so much, Marie. You were awesome.

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EISENBERG: And that's our show. Our podcast drops each Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

COULTON: Hey. My name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Ruth Morrison, Scott Ross and senior writers Eric Feinstein and Karen Lurie, with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Cara Weinberger. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao, Rommel Wood and our intern Nick Garrison. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore and Rick Kwan. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neal and our bosses' bosses are Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

COULTON: Hot heel blues.

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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