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Will airbag deployment launch my friend's purse through her ribcage?

08.01.2005

We are a couple of old broads in our 70s, both very hard-headed. My friend drives with her purse between her stomach and the steering wheel. I think this is probably very dangerous! I tried to tell her that when...

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Which type of towtruck is harder on a car: flatbed or hook?

08.01.2005

Of these types of tow trucks, flatbed versus the traditional "hook" model, which one is worse for a car? A while back, my starter failed, and my car was towed on a flatbed truck. After the starter replacement, I noticed...

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Help: My gas tank was gushing like Ol' Faithful at the pump!

07.01.2005

I was pumping gas today, and it generally costs around $35 to fill my tank. Today, the meter went up to $40, and I thought it was because the price of gas went up again. But since I only had $40, I had...

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What's the safest way to discourage tailgaters?

07.01.2005

Help! My wife will either kill me or divorce me based on your answer to the following question.

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