Now You Can't. Then You Could.
RAY: And now we can still do it, but here's the hint. It would take us ten times longer to do it if at all, and that's really the only hint, that ten --
TOM: The ten.
RAY: The ten times longer.
TOM: Yeah, if we take the ten literally.
RAY: Well, it is literal. I didn't say about ten --
TOM: You said, "Ten."
RAY: I said, "Ten." It would take you ten times longer to do it.
TOM: Yeah. Um hmm.
RAY: Well, if you go back to the early days of cars the thing that you could never get your car to do was to make it to 100,000 miles and flip the odometer over from all nines to all zeros.
TOM: Oh. Uh huhh.
RAY: And then as cars improved, you will able to do that.
RAY: But now you can't do it on most cars because they've added another digit. They've added a sixth digit.
TOM: And you have to go 1,000,000 miles.
RAY: So, you gotta go 9-9-9. You gotta go to 1,000,000 miles and it's ten times harder to do it, therefore, than it used to be. Do we have a winner? He hates --
TOM: You're as big a jerk as I thought you were. No, I like it. Yeah.
RAY: The best part is it's vague.
TOM: Vague. Yeah, we do have a winner. It's Ray Reynolds from Renton, Washington.
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