PETER SAGAL, HOST:
OK, panel. It is now time for you to answer some questions about the rest of the week's news. Negin, the golden age of children's play areas is now over as the coronavirus pandemic seems to have finally put an end to what?
NEGIN FARSAD: The thing where you jump into a area of, like, a lot of soft balls.
SAGAL: Yes, the ball pit.
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SAGAL: That's exactly right...
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SAGAL: They're going extinct. Now, for those who don't know, ball pits are these enormous bins filled with thousands of plastic balls which little kids can jump around in as long as they like. And since little kids are so amazingly hygienic, what with their pooping and peeing and sneezing, basically every single ball pit is a super-fun toxic waste site.
HELEN HONG: Ugh.
JOSH GONDELMAN: When you described it as - I have to quibble with the way you described it as a...
GONDELMAN: ...Big pit full of plastic balls. What it really is is a big pit full of staph infection surrounded by plastic balls.
SAGAL: If you were to, like, actually analyze it by volume...
SAGAL: It's, like, 20% plastic, 80% pathogen.
GONDELMAN: You can't spell immersive play experience without MRSA - is...
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