The Case of the Mysterious Murder in Maine

Oct 31, 2005

RAY: A woman and her husband spent a week vacationing in Maine last
summer, where they rented a small cabin, not too far from town and
some well-known tourist attractions. About two months after they had
returned home, the woman called the police department in that small
town and reported a body - yes, a human body lying face down in the
brush behind the very cabin they had rented.

The detective to whom she spoke said there had indeed been a murder,
and only recently was the victim found in that exact spot. The
detective was angry though, and demanded to know why she had not
called sooner.

He asked, "What, were you in a coma or something? Or maybe you were
abducted by Martians?"

She said, "Oh no. It was nothing like that," and she explained her actions.

The detective said, "Oh, I see," and thanked her for her call.

What had she said?

I'll give a hint. The hint is "vacation."
RAY: There are probably lots of explanations, but I think there's only one real good one.

It's something that all of us, each of us has done.

You go on vacation, you come back and about two months later you send your photos off to be developed. And that's the answer.

She got the pictures back, and she had taken a picture of her husband behind the cabin... naked, probably.

Of course when you're taking the picture, you're focused on the first subject. But, the camera is focused on everything. And there behind the cabin in the brush is this --

TOM: Dead body!

I think it's pretty good, except for the fact that she had a digital camera. But, then again, we have a digital camera. And we haven't looked at the pictures for more than two months.

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: The winner is Herm Koretzky from Poughkeepsie, New York. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Herm is going to get from us a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, which is our website, with which he can pick up the brand-new Car Talk football jersey.

RAY: Oh yeah, we had our name stitched under the back of our jerseys, but I guess there was a little confusion at the factory or something. I don't know what happened, because on the back of my brother's shirt, it says, "knucklehead." I don't know how that happened.

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