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MY NIECE WAS SHOPPING FOR A NEW CAR. SHE INVITED ME ALONG ON HER TRIP
AND I GLADLY ACCEPTED. I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT CARS BUT LOOKED ON
ATTENTIVELY AS EACH SALESMAN TRIED TO SELL US ON THEIR CAR. I AM HARD
OF HEARING SO I COULDN'T REALLY HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING BUT I WAS
GETTING THE GENERAL IDEA. AFTER SEVERAL STOPS, WE ARRIVED AT A
CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP. THE SALESMAN WAS SHOWING US A CORVAIR, POINTING
OUT THE IMPORTANT FEATURES. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO LIFT THE HOOD AND I
STARED UNDER IN AMAZEMENT AND EXCLAIMED "THERE SURE AIN'T MUCH
WORKING PARTS IN THAT ENGINE IS THERE". AT THAT STATEMENT BOTH MY
NIECE AND THE SALESMAN BURST INTO LAUGHTER. MY NIECE LATER EXPLAINED
THAT THE ENGINE WAS IN THE REAR.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD OF MANY STORIES SIMILAR TO THIS INVOLVING PEOPLE WHO ARE
UNFAMILIAR WITH CARS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WEATHERLY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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