The Case of the Whistling Oldsmobile Delta 88
RAY: If you were painting houses what would be the first thing that you would have to think of besides the paintbrushes?
TOM: A ladder.
RAY: Exactly. He had an extension ladder tied to the roof of the car. I'm going to read his words because I love them. He says, "At high speeds the wind blowing through the rungs turn the ladder into a big Aeolian harp.
TOM: What's an Aeolian harp?
RAY: I think Aeolius is the Greek god of the winds. The winds. I had the winds when I ate Chinese beans.
An Aeolian harp is one that makes sound with the winds blowing through it. Of course, when he took the ladder off, that explains why the ten days he was painting the house, the car was fine. The ladder wasn't on the roof. Do we have a winner?
TOM: Of course! Our winner this week is Sue Ellen Kingsley, from Hancock, Michigan. And for having her correct answer selected at random from among all the correct two answers that we got, Sue Ellen will get a $26 gift certificate. Notice it used to be $25, now it is $26 due to inflation.
RAY: Whoop-de-doo, Sue Ellen.
TOM: And with that certificate she can go to the Shameless Commerce Division of cartalk.com and get among other things a distressed Car Talk T-shirt.
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