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A letter from the Click and Clack Department of Woe and Intrigue:

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TOM: HERE'S A LETTER FROM THE CLICK AND CLACK DEPARTMENT OF WOE AND INTRIGUE. IT'S A STORY THAT PERHAPS ONLY CARL SAGAN OR MY BROTHER CAN EXPLAIN.

DEAR TOM AND RAY:
A FRIEND AND I RENTED A BRAND NEW 1990 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL WITH ONLY 800 MILES ON IT. THERE WAS NO OWNERS MANUAL IN THE CAR WHEN WE GOT IT. FIVE DAYS INTO OUR TRIP, WE ATTEMPTED TO START THE CAR ONLY TO HAVE ALL OF THE LIGHTS ON THE DASH LIGHT UP. EACH TIME WE STARTED THE CAR IT WOULD IMMEDIATELY DIE. AFTER MANY FAILED ATTEMPTS, WE FINALLY CALLED A NEARBY CHRYSLER DEALER. HE SAID THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO:
1) SIT IN THE CAR AND UNLOCK THE HOOD AND TRUNK.
2) GET OUT, CLOSE THE HOOD AND CLOSE THE TRUNK.
3) LOCK THE DRIVER'S DOOR AND UNLOCK IT THREE TIMES FROM THE OUTSIDE.
4) GET IN THE CAR, LOCK ALL THE DOORS, AND WAIT ONE MINUTE.
5) PUT THE KEY IN THE IGNITION AND IT SHOULD START.
AFTER ALL THESE INSTRUCTIONS, I COULDN'T RESIST ASKING "SHOULD I TWIRL AROUND AND MAKE A WISH?" BUT IT WORKED! VOILA! THE CAR STARTED! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
THE REST OF THE TRIP WENT SMOOTHLY. AND BY THE WAY, THE CHRYSLER HAD A VERY COMFORTABLE RIDE.
PAT

RAY: WE LIKED THE RIDE TOO, PAT. WHAT YOU WERE DOING WAS RESETTING THE CAR'S ELABORATE SECURITY SYSTEM. TWIRLING AND MAKING A WISH IS PART OF THE RESET PROCEDURE FOR THE FIFTH AVENUE, BUT NOT FOR THE IMPERIAL. IT'S A GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T TRY THAT.

TOM: IF YOU HAVE AN AMUSING TALE OF AUTOMOTIVE WOE OR INTRIGUE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US (MAKE SURE IT'S AMUSING AS WELL AS WOEFUL OR INTRIGUING), SEND IT TO THE CLICK AND CLACK DEPARTMENT OF WOE AND INTRIGUE IN CARE OF THIS NEWSPAPER.
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