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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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    Cockroach Killer

    by jnortonsr

    I looked it up on the web and this seems to work: http://www.ghorganics.com/Cockroaches.html mix sugar and baking soda and the die, unfortunately the first explode

    Favorite Moment: Cockroach jumping on the mother. At my grandmother's house her garden was once infested with large red insects that she could not get rid of. She bought Ginny Hens to eradicate them but not before I was driving home from a visit and almost crashed the car because one of them crawled out of my shirt cuff and onto my Hand. Nuke them!

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    Hey, it's good to be the prince.

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