Spark Plugs

The Puzzler

RAY: We never did receive the answer to this, so we sent our producer, Doug Berman, out into the field to try this. So Doug Berman is standing out on the roof of the Car Talk Plaza garage, with the Car Talk remote unit, which consists of two tin cans and a piece of string.

TOM: Hello, Doug, are you there?

RAY: Aw, he can't hear it. It's like "Wild Kingdom" out there. The mikes are up.

DOUG: OK, want to turn that on over there? Now, just put the crevice tool in where the spark plugs are?

RAY: Right in there and get all that dirty stuff.

DOUG: Okey-doke. [Explosion heard in background.]

RAY: Doug, Doug, you all right?

TOM: There goes another producer.

RAY: Well, Joe Richmond is now the producer of the show.

TOM: Welcome, Joe. Joe, get in here. You are the next producer.

RAY: That was exciting.

TOM: Glad we didn't try it.

RAY: What you may have expected...there was a little explosion. Because one of the intake valves was open. And he sucked gasoline and air into the vacuum cleaner and when it got to the electric motor, with the sparks associated with the brushes as electric motors do, it blew the vacuum cleaner and poor old Dougie up.

TOM: Can I have his office?

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