Tommy pushes the MG up a hill
RAY: You might think it was 50 puffs, but the fact of the matter is that once Tommy's gotten the thing to 47 feet, the next push doesn't roll back the two feet because--
TOM: It's at the top of the hill!
RAY: Exactly. The rear wheels have reached the crest of the hill and it's ready to go down the other side.
It can't roll back. I leave my brother standing there pumping a cigar and I roll down the hill and jump start it, and say, "Adios!"
So, the answer is 48 puffs. Do we have a winner?
TOM: You bet we do! The winner this week is Sunshine Perlis, from Fayette, Maine. And for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got. Sunshine gets a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can get a Car Talk baseball cap. And the reason I suggest the baseball cap for her is that it has a visor especially designed for what?
TOM: You figure her folks were hippies or what? They had to be, right?
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