This, That, Or The Other

Dec 15, 2017
Originally published on May 11, 2018 11:22 am

Our contestants give it their all—blood, sweat and tears, win, lose or draw. Can you guess whether each phrase is a Pitbull lyric, a nursery rhyme or a Mark Twain quote?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

If you want our next special guest to play for you, follow ASK ME ANOTHER on Facebook and Twitter. Our next game is about two people from history I would love to have dinner with - Pitbull and Mark Twain.

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EISENBERG: Let's meet our contestants. First up - Jamaal Solomon on buzzer number one.

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EISENBERG: You're a performer and theater teacher. Welcome.

JAMAAL SOLOMON: Well, thank you. Thank you very much.

EISENBERG: Jamaal, you've directed "High School Musical" - which is great - but not once - twice.

SOLOMON: Correct.

EISENBERG: Why of all the musicals "High School Musical?"

SOLOMON: Because it's iconic.

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SOLOMON: I loved it. I loved it when it came on television. I've seen all three movies because we're all in this together.

EISENBERG: We are all in this together. What is the song that you are always singing in your head from it?

SOLOMON: "We're All In This Together."

EISENBERG: That's it. OK.

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EISENBERG: I like that. Your opponent is Marc Ispass on buzzer number two.

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EISENBERG: You're a transportation and urban planner. Welcome.

MARC ISPASS: Thanks a lot.

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EISENBERG: Marc, as a transportation and urban planner, what is your goal for Orlando?

ISPASS: I would love to have a place where everyone can ride their bike and take the train everywhere.

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EISENBERG: OK, so you want public transportation.

ISPASS: Absolutely.

EISENBERG: You want bike lanes.

ISPASS: Yes.

EISENBERG: What about walking?

ISPASS: They could share the bike lanes.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) They can share the bike lane.

ISPASS: Bike lanes...

EISENBERG: OK, so no pedestrians - got it. No pedestrians.

ISPASS: Bicyclists are very conscientious people.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Got it. OK. Remember, Jamaal and Marc, win two games and you will be off to our final round. Let's go to your first game. So you're going to play This, That, Or The Other. We're going to read you a deep thought. You are going to tell me which of three sources it came from. Each one is either a lyric from a song performed by one of Florida's favorite poets, Mr. Worldwide aka the rapper Pitbull, or a line from a nursery rhyme or a quote from Mark Twain. We're going to alternate back and forth, so you don't need to ring in. And here we go. Jamaal, ask for money and get advice. Ask for advice, get money twice.

SOLOMON: Pitbull.

EISENBERG: That is Pitbull, correct.

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JONATHAN COULTON: Marc, this for you. If you have no daughters, give them to your sons.

ISPASS: We'll go Mark Twain.

COULTON: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Jamaal, can you steal?

SOLOMON: Pitbull.

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COULTON: That is also wrong. It is a nursery rhyme. It's from "Hot Cross Buns." Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Oh. Jamaal - Brooklyn praise is half slander.

SOLOMON: Twain.

EISENBERG: That is Mark Twain, yes.

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COULTON: Marc, if you find a keeper, then you better keep her.

ISPASS: It's classic, so it must be a Pitbull.

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COULTON: You are correct. It is Pitbull.

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EISENBERG: Jamaal - now when you're up, you're up, and when you're down, you're down.

SOLOMON: Nursery rhyme.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is a nursery rhyme.

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EISENBERG: It's - I have never - I thought maybe it was a nursery rhyme for young stockbrokers. I didn't really - what does that - but it's from a nursery rhyme called "The Grand Old Duke Of York."

COULTON: Marc - point to the ceiling, point to the floor, point to the window, point to the door.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Think about it, man.

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ISPASS: Pitbull.

COULTON: I'm sorry. That is a good guess, but it is not Pitbull. Jamaal.

SOLOMON: Nursery rhyme.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. It's a nursery rhyme.

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EISENBERG: Do you know this nursery rhyme?

SOLOMON: I have a small child.

EISENBERG: So you know this...

SOLOMON: No, but I figured.

(LAUGHTER)

SOLOMON: It's something we would teach them.

EISENBERG: It's called "Wind The Bobbin Up."

SOLOMON: Sewing.

EISENBERG: Sewing, yeah. These are your last clues. Jamaal, this one's for you. I'm giving it my all, blood, sweat and tears, win, lose or draw.

SOLOMON: Twain.

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is incorrect. Marc, can you steal?

ISPASS: Pitbull.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is Pitbull.

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COULTON: Marc, a circle is a round, straight line with a hole in the middle.

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ISPASS: I believe that is Twain.

COULTON: It is Twain. You're correct.

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COULTON: Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG: They both did pretty well. Congratulations, Jamaal, you're one step closer to our final round.

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EISENBERG: If you have ever wondered if the Oxford comma could get into the London School of Economics, you should be a contestant on our show. Go to amatickets.org. Coming up, we'll take rock 'n' roll to a painfully literal level. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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