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#1020: Meet Van Dweller, Junior

Original Air Date: 05.15.2010

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This week's Car Talk features a bonus return appearance by Tara, formerly of California. When we last heard from her, Tara was embarking on a cross-country move with her van-dwelling boyfriend, Curtis. Apparently, the trip went well-- very well-- because she and Curtis now need help choosing a name for their upcoming offspring. Also, a life lesson for Mark in California--never trust your brother when he's wearing plaid pants. And, a Subaru gives its life to save a neighborhood from a manhole cover; Josh in Virginia wonders where the line between "good son" and "cheapskate" is; and, a marital auto mishap has Corinna in Denver shocked into repeating "$1,100!" All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Geographic Oddities series, and more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A geographical oddity! From which US city can you go North, East, West or South-- yet always hit the same state, first? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Ted wants to repair a 2,500-page, three-volume set of books covered in mold from page one to the last page. How much did the repair cost? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray share a unique serenity prayer.

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by kirenos

I suggest "Ludwig van" or "Ludwiga van"; then you needn't explain the "van" (rather obvious to all with even a non-existent interest in classical music), beyound "what WERE you thinking. If you really wanted to, you could then give the real reason.

name for baby

by smsgreen

I think that since they had traveled across Canada and if they have a boy. They should name him Van Coover.

Spanish major got it wrong

by drbenito

Your recent show featured a college graduate Spanish major who said the Spanish American war was for the independence of Texas. It was actually for Cuba, Phillipines, Guam and Puerto Rico. The Mexican American war was for Texas independence from Mexico, not Spain, nearly 50 years earlier.


The Serenity Prayer

Serene?!  I am serene!  I'm so serene right now!!!

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