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Tailgate Flap

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Puzzle ID:#23752
Fun:*** (2.58)
Difficulty:*** (2.31)
Submitted By:drussel3*us****
Corrected By:boodler




While buying his new pickup truck, Homer the penny pincher was asked if he wanted to purchase a tonneau cover for the bed of his truck. The salesman told him it would improve his gas mileage with better aerodynamics. While Homer was interested in saving gas, he couldn't see paying all that money for the cover, so he declined.

When Homer got home, he considered the flat vertical tailgate at the back of the bed. By removing this tailgate from his pickup, he surmised, he would reduce the air resistance of the truck, thus giving him better gas mileage without having to buy one of those expensive covers.

Did he make the right choice?

(Note: A tonneau cover is a soft or hard cover that is secured down over the open bed of a pickup truck.)

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