Old 05-21-2012, 08:43 PM
missileer missileer is offline
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Potato in the tailpipe

Cecil is correct, the car will not run if the tailpipe is completely blocked. however, if you really want it to work well, core out the middle of the potato, then insert it deep into the tailpipe with a broom handle (carefully not to mash it).

The car will start and run fine. However, as soon as you press the gas down, it dies. It worked well for me to drive the gangbangers out of my neighborhood without doing any real damage. It's also funny to watch.
Old 05-21-2012, 08:47 PM
C K Dexter Haven C K Dexter Haven is offline
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Welcome to the Straight Dope Message Boards, missileer, we're glad you found us. For future ref: when you start a thread, it's helpful to other readers to provide a link to the column under discussion. Saves earching time, and helps keep us all (sort of ) on the same page. In this case, I assume, it's http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...he-car-explode

No biggie, you'll know for next time. And, as I say, welcome indeed!
Old 05-22-2012, 03:21 PM
Irishman Irishman is offline
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I have to wonder at the wisdom of tampering with gangbangers' cars. Glad it worked, but keep your head down.
Old 05-22-2012, 03:28 PM
TriPolar TriPolar is offline
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Potato in the tailpipe? Is that what kids are calling it these days?
Old 05-22-2012, 03:55 PM
Vinyl Turnip Vinyl Turnip is offline
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I'm curious how disabling their cars helps drive gangbangers out of a neighborhood. Wouldn't that prevent them from leaving?
Old 05-23-2012, 08:44 AM
fjs1fs fjs1fs is offline
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Originally Posted by Vinyl Turnip View Post
I'm curious how disabling their cars helps drive gangbangers out of a neighborhood. Wouldn't that prevent them from leaving?
Now that's funny!
Old 05-23-2012, 10:53 AM
gamerunknown gamerunknown is offline
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I'm not sure exactly which gang bangers would sit idly by while someone watched their cars break down, cackling manically. Especially since they tend to be somewhat protective of their property.

Perhaps you meant gang members?


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