In tribute to Kristin Chenoweth's love of the 7-Eleven Slurpee, she answers trivia questions about the history of the convenience store chain.
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
Before our final round, it's time for us to play another game with our special guest Kristin Chenoweth, everybody.
KRISTIN CHENOWETH: (Laughter).
EISENBERG: So, Kristin, in researching you, we learned that you love 7-Eleven...
CHENOWETH: Yes. I love it.
EISENBERG: ...And 7-Eleven Slurpees.
CHENOWETH: Love me.
EISENBERG: What's your favorite flavor?
EISENBERG: Coca-Cola. Yeah. So why do you love Slurpees so much?
CHENOWETH: It's the combination of the crushed ice with the Coca-Cola feel. So it's the burn of a Coke...
CHENOWETH: Do you guys know what I mean? Some of you know.
CHENOWETH: And then with the ice - and it never gets melty. I love Slurpee, OK.
CHENOWETH: And I love 7-Eleven. I'm not kidding.
CHENOWETH: And I'm not being paid.
EISENBERG: No. Listen. 7-Eleven was born in Texas, so we have a multiple choice quiz for you...
CHENOWETH: Got it.
EISENBERG: ...Called 7-Eleventh Heaven.
CHENOWETH: Got it. I'm ready. I'm not even nervous.
EISENBERG: The man who started 7-Eleven was named Uncle Johnny Green. In 1927, he began stocking bread, milk and eggs in his store. But before that, he sold one thing. What was it? - A - postage stamps, B - ice, C - lottery tickets.
CHENOWETH: I mean, it has to be B - ice.
EISENBERG: Yeah. Of course, it's ice. That's right.
EISENBERG: In the early 1970s, 7-Eleven played a pivotal role in the creation of what alcohol-related invention? - A - the beer hat, B - the giant novelty martini glass, or C - the frozen margarita machine.
CHENOWETH: Well, it has to be C; hello.
EISENBERG: Yeah, it is.
CHENOWETH: Thank you.
EISENBERG: Mariano Martinez was trying to perfect his restaurant's frozen margaritas. And one day, he saw a Slurpee machine. And he thought, I could put booze in that.
CHENOWETH: So smart.
EISENBERG: That's so smart.
JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: In 1970, 7-Eleven released an original song. What was it called?
CHENOWETH: Now I'm nervous.
COULTON: A - "Roll That Dog"...
COULTON: ...B - "Working Seven To 11"...
COULTON: ...Or C - "Dance The Slurp"?
CHENOWETH: These are hard, y'all.
COULTON: This is a hard one.
CHENOWETH: It's whatever C is.
COULTON: C is "Dance The Slurp."
COULTON: You are correct.
CHENOWETH: Dang, I wish I knew how it went.
EISENBERG: No problem. Let's roll the clip.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DANCE THE SLURP")
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Singing) Slurp, slurp.
EISENBERG: Slurp, slurp. What amazing lyrics - slurp, slurp.
COULTON: All right, this is your last one.
CHENOWETH: OK. I'm still doing well.
COULTON: You're doing great.
EISENBERG: You're doing great.
COULTON: In 2017, a former 7-Eleven owner in South Boston opened a competing convenience store. He tried to one up 7-Eleven by calling it what? - A - 6-Twelve...
COULTON: ...B - 7,000-Eleven...
COULTON: ...Or C - 7-El-even-better-than-7-Eleven (ph).
CHENOWETH: Is this real?
COULTON: Well, one of them is.
CHENOWETH: Is it A?
COULTON: It is A - 6-Twelve. That's right.
CHENOWETH: Are you kidding?
EISENBERG: I know. That's right. As of this recording, that store still exists, 6-Twelve. They're open 25 hours a day.
CHENOWETH: I'm so going there.
EISENBERG: I know, right? Kristin, you were fantastic.
CHENOWETH: Thank you. Thank you for having me.
EISENBERG: Kristin Chenoweth's new album is called "For The Girls." Kristin Chenoweth, everybody.
CHENOWETH: Thank you, guys.
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