RAY: The germ of this puzzler was sent in by Ken Dales. He writes:
"Back when I was in college, I had a great part-time job driving a delivery van -- you know one of those Dodge Ram vans or something to that effect. I never asked exactly what I was delivering or why. The money was really good and occasionally I got to use the van on weekends for camping, or starting my new midnight moving business. Now with all the money that I made, I was able to take a week off for spring break with my classmates. I think we went to Mexico. Upon my return, I was broke and eager to get back to work.
"Well, the first day back, I noticed a rumbling noise coming from the rear of the van. I wasn't too concerned but I figured I'd mention it to the boss. Well, he wasn't too concerned either, so I forgot about it. And then one day about two weeks later, I was making a delivery about as far out of town as I had ever been, when I noticed that the rumbling seemed to be getting much worse. I was driving down a slight incline when I heard a loud bang, like a gunshot. I always knew that this guy was involved in some shady stuff, and I figured somebody was shooting at me, but I never really expected gun play.
"Anyway after the gunshot the engine began to race and for a few seconds it sounded like something was dragging on the road. As soon as I could, I pulled over, shifted into Park and turned off the engine and got out of the van to see what the blazes was happening.
"Within about one second I realized I had just done something terribly wrong. I had made a terrible mistake. What did I do that was wrong and what had actually happened?"
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