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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.

A name for the van child

by Reber

For the woman (from Stump the Chumps) who was looking for a name for her baby that incorporated 'van,' 'vanagon,' 'Westphalia,' etc., here are a couple suggestions: Girl: Eva Nadine (or Eva Naomi) Boy: Evan

Favorite Moment: The bit about the woman who took a cross-Canada van trip that resulted in her first child.

Wrong Answer

by cmsasaki

A woman had called in about her husband, a scientist, having clipped the front end of her car while parking. Her problem was that her left turn signal was now flashing at a rapid rate. You gave her the correct answer of the bulb being out but later got entangled with her mechanic's advice. She mentioned that her light was still working and you guys went on to the wiring harness. If the wiring harness was defective, then the light wouldn't have been working. The correct answer is the left rear bulb is out. Cliff43


The Serenity Prayer

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

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