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Case of Melting Sorbet

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RAY: The question is: what happened? And you have all the facts. You don't need to, you think you may have all the facts. You don't have all the facts. You're missing one important piece of information.

TOM: Yeah, but I do know that the hot summer day had a lot to do with it.

RAY: Indeed it did, because the Sorbet King had packed these little sorbets, these centerpieces, in dry ice.

TOM: Ah! Ah!

RAY: And dry ice, as you may not know...

TOM: I do know. I'm a chemical engineer by trade!

RAY: I was speaking to our audience.

TOM: Oh.

RAY: To the other person that's listening... Is solidified carbon dioxide.

TOM: How do they do that?

RAY: They squeeze it a lot. And as it sublimates from a solid into a gas, it displaced, in this case, the oxygen that was in the car.

TOM: In the car, because they had the windows up and the air conditioner on, probably.

RAY: Because it was what? A hot day.

TOM: It was a hot summer day.

RAY: Indeed. And of course, significant other began to show symptoms of cardiac arrest because...

TOM: He couldn't breathe!

RAY: And of course...

TOM: You do have shortness of breath if you're breathing in CO2.

RAY: And Mumsy crashed into the guardrail for the same reason.

TOM: Sure. Passed out.

RAY: Of course, as soon as the policeman came and opened the door...

TOM: Ha!

RAY: ...oxygen rushed in, and by the time they got the significant other to the hospital, he was all right, too, because he had -- what? -- started breathing again.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Who's our winner, Tommy?

TOM: Wow! That's a great one!

RAY: By the way, David Horowitz sent that in. Good work, David!

TOM: David. I hope he's still alive!

RAY: I'm sure he is.

TOM: The winner this week is Sarah E. Ice. Ice. I-C-E.

RAY: How appropriate!

TOM: My God! How appropriate! CO2! Dry ice!

RAY: That's probably why she got it.

TOM: Sarah E. Ice from Stratford, Connecticut.

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