In Search of Odometric Evidence

Nov 13, 2006

RAY: This puzzler was barely automotive. It came from a fellow named Jay Hodge.

Jay wrote, "Some time ago I was on my way to a family reunion when I noticed the odometer on my car was about to turn over at 100,000 miles. A big deal, right? When I arrived at the reunion I announced to my family that I had watched as my car turned over to 100K. My always skeptical brother said, 'I don't think so. I bet you really missed it. I think you just discovered that it turned over when you arrived and turned off the engine and you saw that it was over a 100K miles.'

"But this time I was prepared for him. I said, 'No, I watched it turn over and I can prove it.' And no. . . I didn't take a picture. I didn't have my camera phone or anything like that. But what I showed him did the trick. What did he see when I took him out to my truck?'
RAY: He showed him the odometer. The odometer said it had something like 100,014.2 miles. Then he showed him the trip odometer, and it had the same last three digits, 14.2. The only way that could happen is if he was looking at the odometer, and pressed the trip odometer and reset it right then and there.

So who's our winner?

TOM: Our winner this week is Terry Hanson from Overland Park, Kansas. And for having her answer selected at random from all the correct answers that we got, Terry is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, with which she can get our brand-new CD called, Once Upon a Car Fire, The Greatest Stories Ever Told.

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