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Three Girlfriends and a Car Funeral

The Puzzler


RAY: What is it about his visit to girlfriend number three that causes this conflagration under the hood and ultimately... in his pants?

TOM: Does it have something to do with power steering fluid and the shape of the driveway?

RAY: Exactly.

TOM: Does it?

RAY: You looked at my notes!

TOM: No, it just came to me.

RAY: Exactly right. I mentioned earlier in the story that he added coolant; he was leaking coolant. He was adding oil, but he's burning oil.

TOM: Burning the oil. The coolant is not going to extinguish the flame.

RAY: He adds power steering fluid.

TOM: Power steering fluid.

RAY: When he pulls into the driveway of girlfriend number three, he has to make a very sharp turn. He has a leak in the high pressure power steering hose...

TOM: Yes!

RAY: And when this wheel is cut all the way, the increased pressure of the system squirts it out, squirts it out onto the hot exhaust manifold, and that small amount of fluid -- vroomm... burst into flames.

TOM: Yeah!

RAY: And we know the rest of the story.

TOM: Now you know.

RAY: He takes his pants off etc. etc., and it was only because she had a driveway that had a much sharper turn than the other two.

TOM: Wow.

RAY: That he had to remove his pants.

TOM: And that's how Sip became Mrs. Doug Berman. Wow.

RAY: How unfortunate, huh.

TOM: Poor kid.

RAY: And who might our winner be this week Tommy?

TOM: Oh, I don't know. I don't know. Wait a minute. Here it is. The winner is Ed Klopton from Iowa City, Iowa.

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