Kathie Lee and Hoda broadcast live from Knoxville, Tenn., this morning, home of the University of Tennessee, winner of the Fourth Hour's College Challenge. There they were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, along with a less desirable visitor: the looming specter of their own age.
Although they declared it "Moonshine Monday," the ladies noted that they were enjoying sweet tea (it's a dry campus) and had no plans to party with any coeds. "Hoda and I know we're old," said KLG. "We have no intention of going back to college."
For the sake of shocking the young people, they brought out a table of old-timey inventions from their own college days, among them a (non-mobile) telephone, a typewriter, and a stack of textbooks. (Do college students no longer have textbooks? What's next, jet packs?)
They also lamented not being up to date on the "lingo," and asked the U of T team to help them practice campus slang like "fo sho'," "legit," "hella," and "I'm down." That went about as well as you might expect, as did an Anchors vs. Students game of "Are You Smarter Than a College Student." (They weren't.)
There was, however, an upside going back to school: KLG noted that their big baggy Vols jerseys eliminated the need for Spanx.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who wears Spanx under jerseys.