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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Patton Oswalt, Faith Salie and Adam Burke. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Bill.


SAGAL: Thank you so much. In just one minute, Bill fires his chief of staff Reince Priebus in our Listener Limerick Challenge.


PATTON OSWALT: Wow. (Laughter) Oh, my God.

SAGAL: If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That's 1-888-924-8924. Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Adam, global warming is having some odd effects everywhere and it may be behind an odd phenomenon off of Western Australia in which dolphins are doing what in larger and larger numbers?



BURKE: I'm trying to keep it clean.

SAGAL: You don't have to keep it that clean.

BURKE: Oh, oh. Well, they're known for being, how do I put this? They're known for being aggressive lovers.

SAGAL: They are doing that.

BURKE: They're being...

SAGAL: But it's not a question of what they're doing but who they're doing it with.

BURKE: Oh, like, they're doing it with anything. They're just...


BURKE: ...You know, manatees, stingrays.


BURKE: They're just exploring. They're having, like, the first year of college for dolphins.


SAGAL: They're having, like, a dolphin rumspringa.

BURKE: Yeah.

SAGAL: No, that's not quite right. Well, I'll give you a hint. I mean, it's going to be - right now it's winter down there. So in summer, they'll be migrating to Fire Island and Provincetown.


BURKE: I don't know this reference.

SALIE: Oh, how do we help you?

OSWALT: Oh, Adam, how do I help you without saying the word blowhole?


SALIE: They may be chasing rainbows...


SALIE: ...A little bit.

BURKE: Oh, is it, like, a homosexuality type thing?

SAGAL: Yes. The dolphins are turning gay...



SAGAL: ...Is what they're doing.


SAGAL: Researchers in Western Australia have observed dolphins engaging in homosexual activity including mounting, courtship displays and throwing the best parties.


SAGAL: Also, that thing where they balance balls on their noses, that's really gay.

OSWALT: Oh, wow.


SAGAL: Totally gay.

SALIE: Wait, is it male-male and female-female?

SAGAL: No, it's male-male. As Adam said, the males are notoriously aggressive in their courtship. And now they're doing it with each other quite happily it seems.

BURKE: So this is because of global warming?

SAGAL: Yeah, apparently.


SAGAL: They think that the changing temperature in the oceans are, like, shifting dolphin populations and changing their behavior so they're becoming gay. So finally, we know a way...

SALIE: What? That sounds...

SAGAL: No, no.

SALIE: Come on. You can't just say that like that.

SAGAL: No, no. This is what we do. This is what we do.

OSWALT: That's what happened to me at sleepaway camp.

SAGAL: Sure. Sure.


BURKE: I mean, at this point...

SALIE: It was a hot summer?

OSWALT: It was a warm summer, man, yeah.

SAGAL: We just say it's true, climate change makes dolphins gay, and then the Republicans will finally do something about it.


ELLA FITZGERALD AND BUDDY BREGMAN: (Singing) Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated flees do it. Let's do it. Let's fall in love. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.