Kicker: Roasted walnuts

NICK EICHER, HOST: A woman in Pittsburgh called her husband in a bit of a panic. She was driving the family SUV and she smelled something burning.

So her husband recommended pulling over, popping the hood, and carefully having a look.

That’s what she did.

What she found was a bed of grass on top of the engine, along with something like 200 walnuts. And, yeah, that’s what had started burning.

Evidently, squirrels had gathered the nuts from a tree in their front yard and stored them under the hood for what maybe they assumed was safekeeping. 

The husband cleared out as many of the nuts as he could, but he couldn’t get them all. So the couple took the vehicle to a local shop, where mechanics found another big stash of nuts under the engine. Thankfully, it never caught fire and the SUV wasn’t damaged.

As for the roasted walnuts, well, that’s a lot of work gone for naught.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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