An Automotive Riddle of Possibilities and Impossibilities

Mar 29, 2013

RAY: This was submitted by Leo Leonard from Lynnwood, Washington. This is in the form of an automotive riddle.

What is it that we, for a long time, could rarely do with our cars and then we could, and now it would take you ten times longer to do it, if you could.

TOM: Wow. That's perfect. That's good.

RAY: Do you like it?

TOM: I like it. No one will get it.


RAY: Here's the hint. It would take us ten times longer to do it if at all now, and that's really the only hint, that ten times longer.

TOM: Yeah, if we take the ten literally.

RAY: Well, it is literal. I didn't say about ten. 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. As cars improved, you will able to do that.

TOM: Sure.

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: And it's ten times harder to do it than it used to be. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yes, we do. The Winner is Linda Soyars from Aiken, South Carolina. Congratulations, Linda!

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