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Nouns and names that rhyme with brains

November 21, 2013

This very funny word-puzzle game show audio segment on NPR is called “Zombie Gourmets“. It is from the NPR show “Ask Me Another” and is part of a series called “Games That Go ‘Goosebumps’ In The Night“.

This “Zombie Gourmets” segment is about guessing “nouns and names that rhyme with brains”, and saying the answer like a zombie would (so that it rhymes with braaaaaains).

One of the contestants, Jamie Orenstein, is a judge (is it Magistrate Judge James Orenstein?) and he makes a few funny legal puns. The first legal pun is a joke about how it’s the first time he’s been reversed and told he was right. That’s very funny. The second is prompted by the host mentioning verdicts, giving the judge-contestant opportunity to drawl “guuuuuilty” for the audience.

The other contestant, Sean Howe, author of “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” refers to his interest in Daredevil. He refers to Ben Affleck and Frank Miller (both of whom also connect to Batman) but of course, the Daredevil character was also a blind attorney.

So the two contestants compete to think of words that rhyme with brains and though I can’t see them, and suspect that the audience reactions are canned laughter, it does sound like they had a lot of fun. The judge wins and moves on to a later round. The segment fades out to Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” but that’s because the next segment is called “Sympathy For The Tasmanian Devil” so that made me look back to see what the lead-in song was– “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton:

All we want to do is eat your brains

we’re not unreasonable
I mean no one’s gonna eat your eyes


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