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#1044: The Mysterious Man in White

Original Air Date: 10.30.2010

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This week on Car Talk, we've got a roadside repair story to beat the band. It involves a dead Camry, a remote mountain top, and a mysterious stranger, clad in white from head to hubcap, who did nothing more than say, "Just start the car." Meanwhile, Jenny in California wonders if over-revving an engine can cook a catalytic converter, and if not, should the accusation destroy a relationship? Also, a Grand Cherokee develops a bad case of flatulence; a '58 Lincoln with a brake pedal problem prompts some thoughts on Tommy's wardrobe; and, how much do you owe a friend who spent a few hundred bucks trying to fix your car... but succeeded instead in setting it on fire? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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by Anonymous

its a four wrench show with Tommy on extra happy juice

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by memchip

It's not clear what area of Utah the caller was visiting when the incident occurred but Dugway Proving Ground is within 100 mi of Salt Lake city. Testing of an electromagnetic pulse generating device would cause the described problem if it they were within proximity. If the white knight was a researcher involved with the test he would know their car was disabled and why. The caller didn't go into detail about the type of clothing the white knight wore- could it have been a lab coat?

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by jkavery

I wonder if electromagnetic radiation (for instance from a radar) caused the car to stop near the top of the mountain in Utah? One time when I was driving past the Naval Air Station going into Key West, the engine of the Dodge Caravan rental car cut out for about a second. I blamed it on the radar - the car never had any other problems during the week-long trip.

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Man in White

by GISGoddess

Love your shows -- always a good laugh! I think I met the cousin of the man in white. While in Bermuda I rented a motorbike. I flipped it over a median (I think the only median strip on the island). I was mentally checking for broken bones when a man all dressed in white on a white motorcycle stopped. He picked the bike up off of me, leaned it against a nearby wall, put me on the back of his motorcycle and took me back to my hotel. I never saw his face and he said only a few words ("remember where the motorbike is to tell them where to pick it up").

Favorite Moment: Yes, the man in white may be Mormon coming from temple, or looking to pick someone up, but I prefer the Knight in White Armour or Angel theory!

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by Schusyq

I listen to you guys every week and It always puts a smile on my face

Favorite Moment: every moment!

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by jrfezziwig

Two theories are interesting but don't fit. (1) the Mormon temple theory - I have traveled routes between Utah and Virginia many times to visit family, and there is no place where a Mormon temple, a remote mountaintop, and cross-country route coincide. I'd discount that one. (2) the Dugway hazmat suit theory - Dugway is many miles from any cross-country route and there are no mountains in the vicinity, let alone remote high ones. Plus, no one would leave Dugway and get in his car still wearing the hazmat suit (I think). Rhe guards would probably shoot him. I don't know what it was, but there are two things I'm pretty sure it wasn't.


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