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Highlight of Episode #2027: The Dregs Theory | Car Talk

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Donna's husband warned her not to let her new Camry's gas tank fall below 1/4 full, because the dregs might damage a crucial part. Does the fact that this part no longer exists automatically throw this advice into the Land of the Booooooogus? Elsewhere, John can only keep his car from stalling by opening the hood and touching the engine. Does this fix have anything to do with the fact that John's a Catholic priest? Also, Tom is looking for a "girlfriend car," but can't decide if his wife should be able to drive it; Michael will inherit his father-in-law's Town Car if he can figure out it's odd steering and stalling problem; and way up north in Alaska, Linda needs to retro-fit her ATV so her sled dogs will get their off-season workouts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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the question. Oh, yeah. The sparrow, uh, was coming back to me. Is there a big truck involved in the bridge? Yeah. Remember the story of the Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I've read it. Read it when you read it a couple of years ago. No, you read it when he first wrote it in 1937. I read that I read the galley proofs. Well, this is the story of the bridge of Tom and Ray in Borneo. There's a bridge connecting to islands that's constructed of bamboo, lashed together with hemp. It's been used for hundreds of years. Pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic moving both directions and the bridges four miles long with you. Because because they all picture painted, I can see four miles of hemp holding up people things. Bamboo, Bamboo. Yeah, and the bridge has a weight limit of 20 tons. So one day a truck pulls up to the bridge and the official stop him and say we have toe way you because it looks like it's gonna be close to the weight limit. So he drives onto the scale in the truck is full of sedated pigs. Pig iron and dead chickens with the driver in the truck. It weighs exactly 20 tons. Man. What are the chances of that? What are the chance? So the guy at the other end of the bridge gets the signal. He weighs all the other traffic off the bridge. Clearly, if the weight limits 20 tons, they can't allow anyone else on the bridge. So now the bridge is empty and this fellow is allowed to drive across. As he is crossing the bridge, a sparrow begins to follow alongside. Know what are the chances of that? Then it begins to hover over the truck, flapping his wings. And just when he's a little bit on this, Sparrow hasn't had, like, chili for lunch on. Just when he's a little beyond the halfway point in the bridge, the sparrow gets ready tow land and does land on the truck. What does the driver do to keep the truck at the sedated pigs and the dead chickens from plunging into the abyss E abyss or the 4 ft of water that's below the over the under the bridge? Wow, what great question. What does he do? What does he do? Not what happens. But what does the driver do or what can he do? Well, hey, hey. Could do a lot of things. For example, figuring that his shoe weighs more than a sparrow, she could throw a shoe out the window so he could jettison something else. But he needn't do anything. Wow. Trick question. What does he do? He does nothing. Because in driving from the beginning of the bridge to the halfway point, a 20 ton truck is going to what consume fuel. And it will easily consume an amount of fuel that's greater than the weight of the Sparrow. So when the sparrow lands on the truck, nothing happens. Do we have a winner? Yes. Winner this week is Ruth Bogus from Port Byron, Illinois, And for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got. Ruth is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the shameless commerce division at car talk dot com, where she could get in extremely skimpy car talk bikini, what with someone bikinis. Oh, sorry. I'm in a T shirt. What did I say? I met a lovely 100% cotton car talk t shirt. You're losing it, man. It happens to me whenever the weather warms up. I get distracted thinking of bikinis all time. Well, anyway, we'll have a brand new. Yeah, well, it's certainly not automotive. And I got to remember this one because this might be my last shot. Yeah, well, it z from the wonderful world of law that'll be coming up in the third half today. So don't go anywhere right now. If you have a question about
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