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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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    Roach loose in car

    by mariann

    Obviously you don't live in the south. Here we have a product called Boric Acid powder. You can buy it anywhere. It kills roaches and all types of crawly bugs. You spread in the cabinets and corners, sweep it into your carpets and by open doors. When a roach crawls over it the boric acid gets on the roaches feet and legs and they carry it to its den. It eats up the roaches stomach (since a roach is very fastidious) and obviously dies. It is not poisonous, does not harm pets or kids and kills fleas, ants, silverfish too! What more could you want?

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