The Bell Curve

Dan O.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701


Dear Click and Clack,

While visiting the campus of the University of South Dakota, an unsettling event occurred that I thought you should be aware of. This visit took place last fall, just after the national media had revealed research confirming that listening to Mozart can temporarily raise a person's IQ.

Well, there I was on campus, wearing my Car Talk T-shirt, when this extremely upset Coed came racing up to me. She pointed at my T-shirt and screamed, "Them. They're the ones!" Of course this got my attention. She seemed so distraught that I asked her if I could buy her a cup of coffee. She accepted my invitation and over the next half hour related a woeful tale that I think your should be aware of.

It seems she had an accounting exam the Saturday morning before my visit to campus. She claims that she was absolutely certain that she could get a B on the exam but, of course, she wanted an A. It turns out that she got a C. She attributed her poor performance to the fact that she had heard the report about listening to Mozart having the power to raise a person's IQ. On her drive to class that morning, she figured, what the hell it's worth a try, and turned on NPR where she figured they played a lot of Mozart. Trouble is-- she got Car Talk instead. She claims listening to you guys lowered her IQ and caused her to get a C.

I thought you'd want to know. The legal ramifications could be frightening. Maybe a disclaimer would keep you out of trouble. How about: Caution, listening to Car Talk may damage brain cells. Or, Do not take exams within 24 hours of listening to this program.

Good luck,

Dan O.

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