Chicken And Egg Problems

Jul 19, 2019
Originally published on October 4, 2019 11:02 am

In this final round, the contestants — plus special guest Bowen Yang — are asked to identify, given a pair of events, which came first?

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It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Alysa O'Shea, who's in the market for a 1964 Charlie Brown Pez dispenser; Alice Kors, who ruined a magic trick for our listeners...

ALICE KORS: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: ...And from "Las Culturistas," Bowen Yang.


EISENBERG: OK. Bowen, Alysa, Alice - your final round is called Chicken and Egg Problems. I'll give you a pair of events. You just tell me which came first. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers.



EISENBERG: I know. How - otherwise could you get that? I don't know.

YANG: I couldn't get it otherwise.

EISENBERG: So before the show, our two civilian contestants rolled a 20-sided die to determine their order, and it's going to be Bowen, Alysa and Alice. You each get up to five questions.

Here we go. Bowen, which came first - Wi-Fi or the show "The Wire"?

YANG: Oh, my God. Oh. I'm going to say Wi-Fi.

EISENBERG: That is correct.



EISENBERG: Wi-Fi, 1996; "The Wire," 2002.

Alysa, which came first - the Sony Walkman or "Walker Texas Ranger"?

ALYSA O'SHEA: The Sony Walkman.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Sony Walkman, 1979; "Walker Texas Ranger," 1993.

Alice, which came first - the first Mars rover or the first Mars candy bar?

KORS: The first Mars candy bar.

EISENBERG: You are correct.


EISENBERG: 1932 - and the rover, 1997.

Bowen, the first supercomputer or the first super PAC?

YANG: Oh, the first supercomputer.




EISENBERG: That is correct - 1964. And the Supreme Court decision Citizens United, which led to the super PACs, happened in 2010.

Alysa, Air Jordans or "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"?

O'SHEA: "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"?

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Air Jordans, 1985; "Fresh Prince," 1990.

Alice, the launch of the euro currency or Euro Disney?

KORS: Euro Disney.

EISENBERG: You are correct.


EISENBERG: Euro Disney, 1992; currency, 1999.

All right. Everyone's doing great. Nobody's in danger.


EISENBERG: Bowen, the blizzard of 1977 or the Dairy Queen blizzard?

YANG: Oh, the Dairy Queen blizzard.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. It's the blizzard of 1977.

YANG: Of course. Of course.

EISENBERG: The Dairy Queen blizzard was 1985.

YANG: Wow.


EISENBERG: Alysa, the break-in at Watergate or Gatorade?

O'SHEA: The break-in at Watergate.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. The answer is Gatorade, 1965; Watergate scandal, 1972.

Alice, "Saturday Night Live" or "Saturday Night Fever"?

KORS: "Saturday Night Live."

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: 1975 - "Saturday Night Fever" in 1977.

OK. We're at the halfway point, and Alice is in the lead. And Alysa, you cannot afford to get any more incorrect.

Bowen, the elderflower liqueur St. Germain or the St. Bernard movie "Beethoven"?


YANG: Oh, this feels like a trick question. I'm going to say "Beethoven."

EISENBERG: You are correct.


YANG: Oh, wow.

EISENBERG: "Beethoven," 1992; St. Germain, 2007.

YANG: Yeah. OK.

EISENBERG: Alysa, Grey Poupon or "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde?


YANG: She's been getting the hard ones.

O'SHEA: Grey Poupon.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Grey Poupon, 1777 - yeah - "Dorian Gray," 1890. We love mustard.

Alice, if you get this right, Alysa will be out. Alice, the first Ferris wheel or the first suitcase to have wheels?

KORS: First Ferris wheel.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Ferris wheel is 1893; suitcase, 1970.

OK. Alysa, you are not going to be able to catch up. You did amazing. Thank you so much.

O'SHEA: Thank you.


EISENBERG: Bowen, if you miss this, Alice will win the game. Bowen, the Pink Floyd album "The Wall" or Walmart?

YANG: Oh. "The Wall."

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Walmart, 1962; "The Wall," 1979.

YANG: Wow.

EISENBERG: That means congratulations, Alice. You're our big winner.


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