April 7, 2001
Truck Snakes

These colorful critters are not properly snakes, but a type of industrial-age parasite analogous to the common tapeworm. Note the long slender body, ideally suited to coiling up inside an 18-wheeler's fuel tank while presenting a maximum surface area in order to soak up its favoured food: Diesel fuel. A trucker experiencing a sudden decline in fuel efficiency can reasonably suspect an infestation by truck snakes. Unfortunately, there is no surefire cure as yet, although Dr. Hornschnabel is reputed to have had some success with "Himbeergift".
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