Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Dec 13 14:43:49 UTC 2006

Last night on NCIS (CBS-TV), the murderer was an AI-operated robotic car named Otto.  My wife had to explain the joke to me, since it never occurred that "Otto" and "auto" would be pronounced alike.

Once I grasped the joke, however, it seemed pretty funny:  ANY car (of course) is an auto, but Otto was an auto auto.


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