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Brendan and Rico of the Dinner Party talk ninjas, clouds and possessed cars

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Clouds, clouds. Cloud watchers are hoping to get a new type of cloud recognized: undulatus asperatus or "agitated waves." JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

It's that time of the week, when Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano of The Dinner Party join us to give us some conversation tidbits.

Movie etiquette ninjas

Rico Gagliano kicks things off with an announcement:

"I'm leaving radio and moving to London to become a Ninja."

In London, the Prince Charles Cinema has hired a team of volunteer ninjas to sneak up on talking patrons and shush them. Co-host Brendan Newnam agrees: "Look, flat screens aren't expensive. If you want to watch something at home and talk, go for it," he said. "If you're gonna come to the theater, you should shut your mouth."

New cloud!

Cloud watchers are hoping to get a new type of cloud recognized: undulatus asperatus or "agitated waves."

"It looks like this kind of undulated blanket that covers a bit of the sky," said Newnam.

First spotted in 1951, people are now asking the United Nations world meteorological organization in Geneva to classify it as a real cloud. The move was inspired by a recent doctoral dissertation by Graeme Anderson that asserted undulatus asperatus is, indeed, a legitimate cloud.

The worst TV show ever made

Have you heard of My Mother, the Car?

The 1965 sitcom tells the story of a lawyer and family man who buys a car that's possessed by his dead mother. " It's regarded as one of the worst televisions shows ever made--possibly second to the Jerry Springer show.

But despite its maligned legacy, the show proved to be a stepping off point for some of television's biggest names. Alan Burns, one of the sitcoms co-creators, went on to create the Mary Tyler Moore. James L Brooks--the producer of the Simpsons, Terms of Endearments and Broadcast News--helped write "My Mother, the Car."

You can catch The Dinner Party on Sundays at 3pm on KPCC.

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