Giacomo's Lackluster Bottles
RAY: The hint I gave is that the word is often used by NPR executives to describe our show.
If you were in a little wine bar in Italy, someone might ask you if you would like a bottle of wine. Those little bottles of wine are sometimes covered with straw.
TOM: Yeah. I've seen those.
RAY: They would ask you if you wanted a, "fiasco de vino."
TOM: A flask!
RAY: Right. A fiasco is, was, and still is a bottle. But, as we know it's an utter failure as well. Do we have a winner?
TOM: Wow. Our winner this week is Joanne Ericsson from Auclair, Wisconsin, and for her having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Joanne is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at Car Talk.com, and with that she can get our brand new CD of funny stories called, Once Upon A Car Fire.
RAY: Yeah. These are stories, 16 stories in all, that we happen to tell on the air over the years. They're all united by a common theme.
TOM: And what is that theme? Familial affection?
RAY: No, abject humiliation. No one is spared, not our family, friends, staff, each other. Everyone takes it hard in this collection. Anyway, Joanne, if you use your gift certificate before Christmas you'll also get one of those free Car Talk Plaza parking stickers that they're giving away.
TOM: Right, for the parking lot we don't have.
RAY: Yeah. Once we have thousands of people driving around with Car Talk Plaza parking stickers someone will have to give us a parking lot, right?
[ Car Talk Puzzler ]