Controversy Equals Ratings

On last week's show, you can hear Andy and Kelly dive deep into the underworld of Jersey City. They use all sorts of sleazy bar bets to work dollars out of the crowd and, somehow, no punches are thrown. You can listen here (RealAudio) or here (MP3).

So, does anyone know any good bar tricks that weren't used on this show? I know this great one, where I act like I'm a seventeen year old girl, and then...

8 comments:

John Fink said...

I had this wonderful non-transitive penny-ante coin flipping cheat game that I was all ready to call in and talk about, but I realized that it would take forever to explain and I can't explain the math behind it and it would probably take too long to actually act out in the bar as well. Basically coin flipping on air is not what I'd call Great, Compelling Radio, and plus stammering over it would just invite Andy to make fun of me, so I refrained from calling in. I did send the link to Ken in email while the show as going on, but I didn't get any response.

But dammit, the trick rules and I love it -- see http://www.boingboing.net/2006/03/27/nontransitive_short_.html for the details and try it yourself.

Anonymous said...

You say this, "Get under the table. I will rap on the table top three times, and I bet without touching you I can make you come out before the third knock." He gets under the table, and then you rap on the table top two times and walk away. Worked when I was twelve.

time to pounce! said...

The "Lincoln on both sides" bet works very well with a $5 bill -- he is clearly visible on both sides.

David Lifton said...

On an episode of Cheers, Harry Anderson puts his hat on top of a shot of whiskey and convinces the gang that he can drink the shot without touching the hat.

They take him up on the offer, and he ducks underneath the bar, makes a few "glug glug" sounds and picks his head up. He tells Cliff to check, and when Cliff removes the hat, Harry grabbed the shot and downed it.

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia proves Lincoln sitting in his memorial. I am sure Ken and Andy can check this..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_cent#Reverse_design

robin.g said...

You could bet someone that you will start a goofy religion that celebrities will join with fervor.

Anonymous said...

The bar bet show was the first good show since August. If the sound quality had been any better from within the bar, it would have been perfect.

Anonymous said...

That bet about the furthest east state being Alaska -
Sorry, but no part of Alaska sticks across the Date Line. They made a jog in it to go around the Aleutian Islands. All of Alaska is in the West.