I'm a devoted fan of the NPR News Quiz show Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me. I listen to it on my ipod on my way to and from work.
Since I live in NYC, to and from generally involves a subway.
And since it's NYC I very rarely commute by myself. In fact, an empty subway car means generally one of three things:
1. There is a foul odor such that car occupants fled mid ride;
2. The air conditioning is broken;
3. You're on the train right directly behind the train that is stuffed like a cattle car.
All this to say, when you have your Ipod plugged in to Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me you can find yourself laughing outloud on a crowded subway car like a crazy person. Tonight the crazy lady on the train was me.
Here's the setup. The show has a segment called Lightning Fill in the Blank in which a caller must fill in the final word of a limerick.
I can face all the undead hordes calmly,
even if they can learn how to bomb me.
In my fort I keep fresh,
and they won't eat my flesh.
My new home will protect me from _________.
I was on the floor!
As was the listening audience, the host and the panelists.
Usually when I find myself laughing on the train I can discreetly chuckle into my backpack but this time I was laughing out loud on a subway car at rush hour and normally unfazed New Yorkers were inching away. (That was ALMOST as funny as the podcast!)
Of course the real answer was zombies, but that wasn't anywhere near as fun.