OK, let us assume I’ve left out a whole bunch of choices - and that I’m *only *interested in the choices presented in the car-talk puzzler. If we make *that *assumption, perhaps we can actually get some answers… Also, feel free to call the car-talk guys and give 'em hell.
When I heard the puzzler yesterday I thought as well, it must be the opposite side as the exhaust, but they also said the one brother was “99%” accurate. And it seems like more than 1% of cars/trucks would have dual or center exhausts.
But then maybe there’s more Varons* in my neighborhood than the two in the puzzler’s OK, probably not. At least not in my garage, sadly.
I have a question about the puzzler - they’ve used that one before! In fact, it was years ago, and it was the very first puzzler I had ever heard on Car Talk, but didn’t tune in the next week to hear the answer. I sussed out the answer after a few weeks of paying attention to cars’ exhaust pipes/gas tanks.
Trivia questions are pretty infinite - why would they recycle one?
I tuned in late. I only hear it if I’m in my car when NPR plays it.
They said this was the answer to last week’s puzzler - but the show may have been a repeat. They some times do that in the summer. Maybe I just heard an old show. The set up was something about two guys having a straight on view of gas pumps such that they could only see the car from behind - never from the sides. They would have a bet about who had pulled in on the wrong side. One guy was right 99% of the time, the other 50%. Turns out the guy who was right 99% of the time noticed the answer that was given in my OP.
Our C5 Corvette has exhaust in the middle, and the gas cap on the Driver’s side…Our Subaru, on the other hand, is a ‘world car’ (Designed for multiple countries, some of the warning stickers are in four languages, and it’s got a funky setup on the brakes to relocate the brake booster to the left hand side.) It’s gas cap is on the passenger side, and the exhaust is on the driver’s.
I wonder what the correlation to gas filler is to country of origin? If cars designed in Right Hand Drive countries tend to have the filler on the Driver’s side for that country?
To clarify, it’s just the tail pipe that exits on the passenger side of the car. I guess technically, the majority of the exhaust system would appear to be slightly to the driver’s side of center. The muffler is elongated and lies parallel to the rear axle and the pipe that leads to it from the engine curves into kind of a u-bend just before it joins the muffler.