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Why Men Shouldn’t Write Advice Columns

This advice column recently appeared in a Charlotte, NC, newspaper:

Dear John,
I hope you can help me. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching TV. My car stalled and then it broke down about a mile down the road. I had to walk back to get help from my husband. When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in our bedroom with the neighbor’s daughter…!!!

I am 32 and my husband is 34. We have been married ten years. The neighbor’s daughter is 19. When I confronted him he broke down and admitted they’d been having an affair for the past six months. He won’t go to counseling and I’m a wreck. I need advice urgently. Can you please help…!?


Dear Sheila,
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of engine faults. Start by checking there is no debris in the fuel line. If clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold. Also check all grounding wires. If none of this solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump, itself, is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors. I hope this helps.

All the best,

[Ed. I’m tempted to ask why this strikes people as funny… :-)]

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