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21 July 2008

"Bobtail and deadhead coverage" - fun with insurance! What should it mean? [More:] I am at work studying for an exam tomorrow. This is one of my terms I ought should know. I know what it means, trust me, it's boring. What do you think the definition SHOULD be?!??

I remember an old TV comedy skit about a salesman who sold insurance at (Grateful) Dead shows to hippies tripping on acid.

He also sold insurance to Goths at Cure shows. "You do know that suicide isn't covered, right?"
posted by shane 21 July | 19:00
I'm thinkin coverage in case you get sideswiped by a tractor trailer without the trailer (bobtail). Deadhead coverage is in case your yard gets invaded by smelly hairy people. What do I win?
posted by chewatadistance 21 July | 19:19
Unfortunately, I also have learned what they mean because I read John McPhee's Uncommon Carriers.
posted by Miko 21 July | 21:34
I think it's when there's a hoard of yowling Japanese cats that prevent you from pinching the dead flowers off your orangeroot crop, resulting in a lower goldenseal yield.
posted by Specklet 22 July | 07:11
It's like coverage for when the deer eat your shit in the garden.
posted by danostuporstar 22 July | 07:48
What the Sam Hill are you doing, shitting in your garden, dano?

Bobtail coverage only counts in all-day, all-night races; it's void if nobody bets on the bay.
posted by Hugh Janus 22 July | 08:19
Human compost is the bestest compost.
posted by danostuporstar 22 July | 08:21
Ah, so-called "night soil." That's my favorite euphemism in the whole wide spankin' world.

Followed closely by "night soil worker."
posted by Hugh Janus 22 July | 08:31
So I think "Bobtail & Deadhead" could be the name of a 70s sitcom about a husband-and-wife team of long-haul truckers and their crazy antics. With a chimp, of course.
posted by Miko 22 July | 10:03
I passed my test. I didn't even need goldenseal, neither!

There was one multiple choice question out of 85 that had the following wrong choices available

- Motor Truck Coverage Form always provides deadhed coverage
- Motor Truck Coverage Form always provides bobtail coverage

I forget what the right answer was but it didn't have anything to do with bobtail, deadhead, or a chimp.

posted by rainbaby 22 July | 10:59
Bobtail is when a driver dumps his trailer and goes into town with just the cab for a sixpack, or whatever.

Deadhead is making a run from point A to point B without a load.

I would guess that Deadheading would be covered more often than bobtailing.
posted by danf 22 July | 12:36
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