Browsing History

Aug 2, 2019
Originally published on August 3, 2019 9:40 am

Real moments from US history are rendered as social media updates.

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A previous version of the American history quiz on this podcast incorrectly said Sally Ride was the first woman in space. She was the first American woman in space.

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JULIAN VELARD: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Julian Velard. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Julian. Before the break, we met our contestants, Ryann and Isaac. Our next game imagines historical events as social media updates, like when LinkedIn told me to congratulate Grover Cleveland for starting his new position as president again. Let's go to your next game.

Ryann, if someone looked at your browsing history, what's a surprise they might find?

RYANN GREENBERG: "Magic: The Gathering."

VELARD: (Laughter).

GREENBERG: My boyfriend's, like, super into it. And so, like, not because, like, he forced me into liking it, but it's more like, OK, I've started to learn about the lore, and now I kind of like it, but I can't let him know that I kind of like it. So I have to, like, secretly gather knowledge about it, then just, like, insert myself into the game.

EISENBERG: Wow. That is some covert stuff. Why don't you just tell him you like it?

GREENBERG: I don't know.

EISENBERG: OK. All right.

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EISENBERG: We'll - it's another show. Isaac, if someone looked at your browsing history, what's a surprise they might find?

ISAAC VILLICANA: So there was this game back in the '90s called "RollerCoaster Tycoon." Not sure...

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VILLICANA: ...If you played it. And I've recently gotten back to it - like, in the past six months. And I - my browsing history would include a bunch of YouTube videos on how to beat the game and different rides you can build, how to build them, so on and so forth.

EISENBERG: Yep. You guys are standard-issue contestants. You're perfect.

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EISENBERG: All right. This trivia game is called browsing history. We've rendered major moments in U.S. history as social media updates. Ring in and identify the historical event, and the points are doubled. Yes, Ryann, stay in the lead, and you're in the final round. Isaac, you need to get more points, or we're going to have you delete all of your social media accounts and find true happiness.

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EISENBERG: All right. Here we go. Venmo update - T. Jeff paid Little Bonbon (ph) 60 million francs for saxophone emoji, crawfish emoji, beaded necklace emoji.

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EISENBERG: Isaac.

VILLICANA: The Louisiana Purchase.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: If only all government spending was that transparent.

VELARD: Yes.

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VELARD: I'm following the first woman in space on Snapchat, but why is she using the puppy face filter? Who is she?

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VELARD: Ryann.

GREENBERG: Sally Ride.

VELARD: Yes, you are correct.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: By the way, just a little tidbit - when Sally Ride was preparing, the engineers were trying to figure out how many tampons to send her into space with for one week. And they said, will a hundred be about the right amount?

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EISENBERG: And she said, we're never talking again.

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EISENBERG: And I will go to space. You got a Stitcher notification that this president just dropped a new episode of his hit podcast Fireside Chats.

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EISENBERG: Ryann.

GREENBERG: FDR.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Yes.

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VELARD: This territory just requested to become the fiftieth member of the Nextdoor network for the United States of America.

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VELARD: Ryann.

GREENBERG: Alaska.

VELARD: I'm afraid that is not correct. Isaac, can you steal?

VILLICANA: Hawaii.

VELARD: You are correct, Isaac.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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VELARD: This is your last clue. @TrickyDick just retweeted @PatsyMink's notes app screenshot that says, no person shall be subjected to discrimination under any education program on the basis of sex. Here's a hint - this federal law is best known today for its impact on collegiate athletics.

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VELARD: Ryann.

GREENBERG: Title IX.

VELARD: You are correct, Ryann.

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EISENBERG: OK. After two games, Ryann is going to our final round.

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