The Mysterious Event

May 21, 2016

RAY: This puzzler came from a fellow named Lee Hull, from Westfield, Indiana. He writes:

After an enjoyable Saturday of tooling around town in my old Lincoln Mark V, listening to Car Talk and running errands, my wife and I were preparing for bed. I said to her, "I saw something happen today that I haven’t seen in probably ten years."

"That’s great, honey! Good night," she said, rolling over.

But I was persistent. "You know, now that I think about it," I said. "I’ve only seen this happen maybe four or five times in my life and every time, I’ve been on the road, driving." I could tell that her snoring was faked. I went on: "In fact, I knew when I left the house this morning that it was going to happen, I just didn’t know exactly where."

She opened one eye to glare at me.

"It happened just as we were passing over the Main Street bridge," I added.

"Well, why didn’t you say something?" she asked.

"Oh, you’re old enough to have seen it a few times yourself, I bet. It really isn’t that exciting."

Now I had her full attention. But still, I wouldn’t tell her what I’d seen. Come to think of it, it’s happened a few times and I didn’t even notice it myself.

The sad thing is, I’m pretty sure our son will never see it happen, and most kids today never will, either. What happened that day?
 

Answer: 

RAY: What Les saw that day was his odometer go to all nines, and because he has an older car -- it then went to all zeros.

TOM: Oh yeah. That doesn't happen anymore.

RAY: Right. Because all the newer cars have six-digit displays, and they can go to 999,999 before they turn over, and that's why no one's going to see their odometer get to all zeros again. So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is John Boyer from Manhattan, Kansas. Congratulations!


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