The World: They Don't Try Harder

When a Moscow resident named I. Parchamovsky decided to take his family for a drive in the country, he went to the state-owned Avtoprokat and rented a Russian-made Moskvich. Poor Parchamovsky.

As he writes in a recent issue of Izvestia, the speedometer stopped working when he headed home to pick up his family. Next the engine went thud-thud: a connecting rod had broken and the car had to be towed back to its garage. The tow-truck driver told Parchamovsky to keep his foot on the brake to maintain a safe distance between truck and car....

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