Ithaca, N.Y. — Almost everyone in Ithaca would have gotten the answer to one of the questions on the NPR show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” this weekend.
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In one section of the show, host Peter Sagal asks contestants to answer fill-in-the-blank questions about recent events in the news.
On Saturday, he began by asking the guest about the FCC, Afghanistan — and Ithaca.
Here’s the episode transcript:
SAGAL: After weeks of harsh winter weather, the official tourism website…
(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)
SAGAL: …Of Ithaca New York changed their homepage to read blank.
FELBER: Visit sunny Florida or something like that.
SAGAL: That’s what they said. They said that’s it, we surrender. Go to Florida instead.
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)
SAGAL: The tourism board of Ithaca has given up. They posted pictures of Key West and links to information about Florida vacations. When asked if they were nervous that the stunt may lead to a drop in tourism in Ithaca, the board responded ,what the hell do we care? We’re in Boca til April.
Perhaps surprisingly, this wasn’t the only question born of an Ithaca-related story. “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” also asked about Keith Olbermann, the Cornell graduate who embarrassed his fellow alumni with controversial remarks about Penn State students last week.
SAGAL: After he criticized students from Penn State on Twitter, ESPN announced that they were suspending talk show host blank.
FELBER: Keith Olbermann.
Our only conclusion: Maybe the folks over at NPR are Ithaca Voice readers?