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#1003: The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Original Air Date: 01.16.2010

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This week on Car Talk, a creative birthday present spawns an auto-infestation crisis for Beatrice in Pennsylvania. The pregnant cockroach she got for dad got loose in the family BMW, and when it emerged, it may have left behind a few hundred cockroach juniors. Can the car be returned to its pre-bug state? Find out. Also, on Stump the Chumps, Tom and Ray find out if they correctly diagnosed the noise coming from Malcolm's steering wheel, and get a jaw-dropping reply; a VW tries to escape from its owner when it's parked; and has Tommy's dream job finally opened up? All this, plus a new puzzler from the Automotive History series, and lots more, this week, on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A puzzler from the world of automotive history, concerning a bet with Cousin Vinny about two vintage cars. Could their years be told apart? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Tommy has harvested 100 pounds of tomatoes, and he and the tomatoes weigh 248 pounds. After a week in the sun drying out, what would the scale read? Find out!

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The obituary of Prince Georgio of Seborga.

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Acura vs., guys?

by archmac

The 2009 Acura has 6.3 inches of ground clearance, while the 2009 Forrester has 8 inches (new body style). Unless she's had her car lifted, his wins on that score. Perhaps he is one of those absent-minded geniuses who is always saying "up" when they mean "down"? Otherwise, I'm not sure how he could miss the fact that his car is almost 2 inches higher than hers! They are both AWD cars, although I would prefer the 50/50 F/R AWD ratio on the Forrester to the 90/10 ratio on the Acura (in my view, it's really an 'on-demand' AWD system...they're just playing with the numbers). But, since they're both AWD, I don't see that either car has an advantage here in general on-snow driving. Depending on the driver and the conditions, her car being so much heavier than his could be a blessing or a curse. Still, what REALLY matters in this situation is which car has the better snow tires!

Favorite Moment: The hissing cockroaches! I think the dry ice idea was kind of dumb, but the story is great. She should use the jar trap, but put something in the jar that they can stay out of the beer on, and sell the cockroaches back to the pet store! Although, I suspect that most of the cockroaches have left the car in search of food.


Could This Be Tommy's Next Job?

Hey, it's good to be the prince.

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