Title: Car Talk Science – MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back
Author: Tom & Ray Magliozi
Narrator: Tom & Ray Magliozi
Format: Audio CD (1 hour and 1 minute)
Published: August 30, 2016 (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon Audible
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Presented together for the first time, here are all-time favorite Car Talk calls that run happily off road, veering into the amazing world of science, where Tom and Ray actually wield some authority. MIT may want its diplomas back, but the world's most knowledgeable garage scientists are undeterred in seeking greater knowledge - and laughter.
“Hello and welcome to this collection of calls put together specifically to embarrass the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now you’ll hear us tackle the very pillars of science: physics, chemistry, fluid dynamics and, of course, cream rinse.”
The hilarious online antics of Tom and Ray Magliozi return in a new audio, Car Talk Science – MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back. Before you ask, both brothers did indeed graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I absolutely love the Magliozi Brothers’ shows every time I can catch them on NPR where they were known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.” In this release, the Tappet Brothers hilariously debate multiple topics that callers have presented to them including how to make a Cub Scout’s Pinewood Derby car go faster and how not to transport a mattress.
Following please find a few favorites quotes from Car Talk Science – MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back:
“It turns out that we’re not the only ones who go out on a scientific limb as we discuss or attempt to discuss cars, car repairs and scientific education in America today.”
The two quote a student answering a test question:
The body consists of three parts: the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain. The borax contains the heart and lungs and the abominable cavity contains the bowels of which there are five: a, e, i, o, u.
“How do you keep a mattress on the roof of your car from flying?”
“Yeah, well, I don’t know how many people know it, but a lot of people have learned that putting your arm up there to hold the mattress is not going to work.”
The whole CD was side-splitting fun, but my very favorite section concerned a lawn chair balloonist. I couldn’t believe anyone would do such an absurdly dangerous thing, so I actually checked the story’s veracity on snopes (http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp) . Indeed, Snopes confirmed the truthfulness of the crazy tale. You can read about it on snopes, but, believe me, there’s no similarity to hearing it relayed in the brothers’ own words. Here’s a very short snippet pulled from that story:
“Two passing jetliners reported to controllers they’d seen a man with a gun seated on a deck chair at eleven thousand feet…”
I think it’s fabulous that excerpted highlights of their radio shows are becoming more available in audio form. This is a CD I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to again and again! My only complaint is that it is too short at just over an hour long. That said, Car Talk Science – MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back is a wonderfully entertaining laugh-a-minute listen perfect for an on-the-go-reality-escape or anytime you crave a laugh.