To get to DragonCon in Atlanta this year I rode in a van with five other nerds. How nerdy? Well, 20 minutes out from Atlanta the check engine light went on, and the following were among the remedies to the situation suggested:

- Eject the warp core.

- Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow

- Redirect all power to the deflector dish

- A tachyon pulse of some kind

As a longtime Car Talk listener I had a couple of more helpful ideas, like checking the gas cap and covering the engine light with black duct tape, not necessarily in that order. The van was a rental, so when we had time later in the weekend we had the local rental branch take a look at it, and being professionals in the field of car maintenance, they covered the light with black electricians tape. Oh, and they left the hood open when we drove away.