Deep in the Woods
RAY: Here's the answer. It had to do with the telephone. As you know, many times when the power goes out, the phone does not go out. But the answering machine does because it's got no power.
TOM: Ohhh -
RAY: So when they called repeatedly and finally got the answering machine to say, 'Hi, this is Throck Morton and Gretel, we're not home,' whoop-de-doo! They knew the power was back on! Now, take in mind this was 20 years ago so they didn't have those modern kinds of answering machines, battery backup and all that.
RAY: Thank you. Do we have a winner?
TOM: The winner is Dan Adelman from Redmond, Washington. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Dan is going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which he can get a Car Talk endangered species T-shirt: The famous, famous Massachusetts grease monkey.
RAY: Congratulations, Dan!
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