Stephen Colbert Reveals Why the Extreme Heat Wave and Global Warming ‘Explains Florida’ | Video

Stephen Colbert addressed the extreme heat wave affecting the country during his Wednesday monologue, and when it came to how research shows that high temps can reduce cognition and spike crime, “The Late Show” host noted that this “explains Florida.” Zing.

“Around the country, the extreme heat waves keeps on waving today,” Colbert said.

“Caribou, Maine reached an unofficial all time record high of 103 degrees,” he continued, joking that this “explained Stephen King’s new book, ‘Misery 2: The Backs of My Knees Are so Sweaty.'”

But, he continued, “this heat isn’t just bad for the planet. It’s also bad for the brain. Because according to a new study, the hotter it gets, the harder it is to find your words.”

“Wow. Cucumber,” Colbert joked.

“The study analyzed political speeches from eight countries and found that when it’s hot, speakers tend to use shorter words, and that the simpler language politicians used is equivalent to losing half a month of education,” the CBS host went on. “That makes no surprise. We all remember a Reagan’s summertime speech, ‘Mr. goopy name, make wall go boom,” which of course was a riff on Ronald Reagans famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech.

“It’s not just just that the words get worse, it’s also everything else,” Colbert continued. “Because hot weather can result in lower scores on math tests, as well as higher rates of aggression, ranging from mean spirited behavior to violent crime. Well, that explains Florida.”

“It’s the heat and the humidity,” he added.

“As everybody knows that hot weather inspires violence. Remember this classic Nelly hit?” Colbert asked before an edited clip of Nelly’s “Hot in Here” played with the lyrics changed to, “I am getting so hot, I’m gonna stab the mailman.”

Watch the full monologue above.

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