The Mysterious Crowbar
RAY: What was the crowbar for? There was this hint: "My neighbor said he'd forgotten to bring the crowbar once, and he would never make that mistake again." In fact, there were lots of hints. The dry autumn air, the power takeoff, the saw, the leather belt. The Jeep is insulated from the ground by rubber tires, and would pick up a static charge from the spinning leather belt.
If not discharged through the crowbar, the Jeep would get so charged up with electricity that when you touched it you'd get knocked on your keister by 50 or 100 or 150 thousand volts of static electricity. So, the crowbar was essential. And, it just so happened by sticking it into the ground and leaning it against the Jeep, which is metal, he had unknowingly put it exactly where it had to be.
Who's our winner?
TOM: Phew! That was a beauty. The winner this week is Matt Lewis from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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