Oh, I originally got interested in listening to NPR years ago.
I was driving home, and they had a segment where they were going to artifically inseminate an elephant, LIVE on the air.
They described the hose they were going to put up there, and how they gave the girl elephant her favorite food (alphalfa) to preoccupy her. It was pretty quite, then you heard this one "BRRRFFF!???!!" from the elephant, then a snort, after which she appartantly went back to eating.
I thought to myself "You can BUY entertainment like this." and I was hooked. In between waiting for facinating stuff like that, or they guy with the worlds biggest electric fan collection, or the cat that hadn't come down from a tree for 8 years, I picked up some more day to day stuff, like the economy, elections, etc.