Paint it Black

Sep 06, 2014

RAY: This summer when I was on vacation I had an occasion to go to a yard sale. I found one interesting item. It was a headlight and half of it was painted black.

TOM: The front of it?

RAY: Yes, the front of it. What is called the lens. I could not find a mate. It was the only one there. The only thing I noticed was that it was old and that it was a 6 volt headlight, which means it was at least 45 years old. And the question is why was the headlight painted half black?

TOM: I know the answer to that ... they ran out of paint.

RAY: The hint is where I was. I was on vacation on Cape Cod. The other hint is you wouldn't be likely to find one of these in, say, Chicago.

RAY: Here's the answer: Because it was during World War II, and areas which were along the coast had to paint half of their car headlights black so that cars driving at night could not be detected by enemy planes. So who's our winner?

TOM: The winner is Theresa Oakman of Wells, Vermont! Congratulations, Theresa!

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