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#0633: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Original Air Date: 08.19.2006

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In this week’s show, it was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines. In our annual bad writing expo, we dig up some of the most…"eccentric" (we're being polite, here) ways to start a novel. And here's a new feature: a turn signal that sends out a puff of smoke when you leave it on too long. Also, Jenny needs help with a Nissan that only starts when the weather’s just right. Could a little strategic parking or a bread truck do the trick? Kathleen needs a monster truck that she can drive in a funeral procession. Plus, Tommy gets schooled in bad parenting 101: if your son buys a used Italian car, it’s probably a cry for help. That and more in this week’s Car Talk.

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Some ill-conceived first lines to novels.

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Alex's Fiat

Was it really a cry for help?

A Very Special Classified

Hmm, sounds intriguing!

Wretched Writing

From the Bulwer-Lytton awards, of course.

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