Bob and His Beetle

The Puzzler

RAY: This was sent in fairly recently by a fellow named Morris Maduro. Here it is:

My friend Bob used to drive a VW Beetle. It was an old one, from the '60s. One day when he came into work a few minutes late, I asked him what was going on. He said that his battery died. I asked, "So you got a lift in?"

He said, "No, I didn't."

"Well, did you get a boost from a friend?"


"Did you get a new battery?"

"Nope, the dead one is still in the car, under the seat." Which is where VW had placed the battery in the Bugs from that era.

"Did you at least lift the seat?" I asked.

He said, "That's the same question my girlfriend always asks me! No, I didn't lift the seat."

"Did you push start it?"

"No," he said. "You know I park the car in a garage at the bottom of a hill."

"Gee, Bob, it sounds like you willed it to start! Did you even pop the rear hood?"

"No, but I did open the front hood."

"Are you trying to trick me? I know the engine's in the back on a Beetle. "

The question is, what did Bob do?


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