By Emma Kate Fittes
Indianapolis got some national air time and took a few friendly jabs this weekend on NPR's news quiz show, "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me."
Every week host Peter Sagal presents three "news" stories, including two fakes, and a caller guesses which is true. This week Sagal had some fun with Indianapolis.
"You're going to Indianapolis because everybody wants to go to Indianapolis and you finally make it," he said. "One of these three things is something you can really go to."
The first story was about a small triangle of grass where the I-65 and I-70 freeways meet, which has been approved to open as "The Idle — A Point of View." The area will feature chairs and a sunshade designed for watching the freeway traffic as it goes by, the radio show said.
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Next was a story about a new Karen Pence towel charm museum, built in a former adult video store to showcase Pence and her designs. The show said the charms protect people from avoiding the horror of using someone else's towels.
And finally, the last story was about a "can't-miss" Indianapolis women's prisoner talent show, with the opening number "Jailhouse Rock." Admission is free, but cost ticket-holders $50 to get out, the show said.
Caller Mark Isham from Elizabethtown, Kentucky guessed the Pence towel charm museum was real, but Sagal revealed it's actually The Idle.
Fox59 reported Friday the project needs to raise $41,000 by June 16 to win a matching grant and create the unusual park. Project managers plan to install re-purposed Bush Stadium seats, the report said.
"Yeah, we didn't believe it either," Sagal said.
He played a soundbite of the "mastermind" behind the idea, Tom Battista: "Since we don't have any raging rivers or mountains to look at, we thought, what about a viewing stand to watch the river of cars?"