PETER SAGAL, HOST:
If the world seems like it's spinning inexorably into a black hole of misery, that's because it is. But on WAIT WAIT...
SAGAL: ...We're always happy to report on people trying to make the world just a little better. Faith, PETA, known as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, having already ended all cruelty to actual animals - that's done. They fixed it. They're now trying to change what?
FAITH SALIE: Oh, they're trying to change the way - our idioms that involve animals.
SAGAL: They're trying to change our animal metaphors. That's right.
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SAGAL: PETA has issued vegan...
SALIE: I just brought home the bacon with that answer.
SAGAL: You certainly did. PETA has issued vegan-friendly updates to a number of animal-unfriendly phrases, including changing kill two birds with one stone to feed two birds with one scone...
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Is that true?
SAGAL: ...Leading to a protest from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Scones.
SAGAL: Instead of bring home the bacon, bring home the bagels.
SAGAL: That's what they want you to say.
PETER GROSZ: Bring home the bagels.
SAGAL: But I got to say...
SAGAL: Don't say that. Don't do that if you're in the Midwest and you have a visitor from New York 'cause they will just not shut up about how bad your bagels are.
SALIE: I do have to give props to our French exchange student, Brigitte (ph), in high school, who couldn't get a grasp of all the idioms. And she'd say, (imitating French accent) oh, two birds dead.
SAGAL: We have some more for PETA, in case they need more. Like, that was the straw which the camel refused to use 'cause it was ecologically irresponsible.
POUNDSTONE: I like it.
SAGAL: Like, there's more than one way to shampoo a cat.
GROSZ: Shooting ducks in a barrel.
POUNDSTONE: You know what? They'd rather be skinned.
SAGAL: That's true.
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