That Time a Joke Caused a 2 Mile Traffic Jam in England (and The First Joke in History)

Pubblicato il 17 ago 2019
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On August 9, 1991 at about 6:30 in the evening, thousands of motorists heading home after a long day of work across the UK were forced to pull over and stop due to a brief comment they’d just heard during a sports broadcast. The comment wasn’t reporting a shock loss or injury, but a joke made by cricket commentator, Jonathan Agnew, with the aftermath being so funny people had to pull over to avoid crashing their cars.
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  • You owe it to yourself to find the actual audio! It's on IT-tvs and I broke out into giggles listening to it.

  • I'm really getting tired of these click bait titles. You ruin a good story by writing these stupid titles.

  • Seems like Karl Smallwood was probably the one who wrote this article *follows link to text version* Yup, Smallwood it was

  • I gave a thumbs-up based strictly on the thumbnail. Before I even watch the video. Oh simon... Edit: perhaps one of the most English stories Ever Told

  • Yo the thumbnail scared me

  • Oh damn, Americans are missing out on Cricket and all the funny bullshit that's brought along with it 😂

  • Don’t forget about the live radio broadcast of Orwell’s book.

  • Simon is British and knows full well the UK doesn't use "miles". Come on

  • Cricket what a wankers sport...

  • Damn...that onion sounds sexy tho....just saying...

  • Traffic jams all over the country except the Dartford crossing where, for the first time in years, the queue was only two miles long

  • Which motorist queuing for the Dartford tunnel estimated a traffic jam in miles rather than kilometers

  • Was that your mom joke "nobody sleeps with your mom"? Funny how the tone of that one "your mom" joke has changed over the millennia...

  • 2:00 I love how you even cracked over the Hugh Jass joke, Simon. Seems Agnew and Johnston got you as well. [edit] If a guy named Titt made him stifle laughing, imagine what would happen if he met a young young man by the last name of Bates. "Good morning, Master Bates."

  • Ah, the British, your since of humor is rivaled only by your great cuisine.

  • What's brown and sticky? A stick.

  • @3:05 you pronounced Ian Botham to ryme with Gotham of Batman. It is more like Bowtham.

  • I guess you had to be there. -_-

  • When I read the title of the video I thought to myself, what's so unusual about a two mile traffic jam? London is basically just one big traffic jam, but then I read the joke part and went, oh!

  • Not exactly Orson Welles broadcasting "War of the Worlds" ....

  • That Pharaoh joke cracked me up. 😂

  • I knew that the British liked dry humor but this joke was extra dry

  • They had to have better jokes back then. I mean there was nothing else to do. Maybe the people that were actually funny just couldn't write... let's hope that's why.

  • Your thumbnail picture said "Radio's Greatest Moment?"... I naturally assumed it would be the October 30, 1938 CBS Radio broadcast of Orson Wells' War of the Worlds. (Now, after watching the video, I'm somewhat disappointed, to be honest.)

  • This is soo British it hurts

  • 🤨 So.. This is what Brittish people find funny?

  • 😂🤣

  • That was one of a rare few instances when more than three English people in the world were laughing simultaneously.

  • The onion one was funny

  • It's not as good as Mark & Lards theme for the day song on hemorrhoids.

  • Simon, pity you couldn't get a audio clip of it.

  • Giggled like a schoolgirl! Hmm sounds like bowled like a girl, disparaging to girls.

  • So in England a fit of giggles is a cock up to be ashamed of? wow man

  • Yes! Cricket jokes!

  • Come on, when is there not a 2 mile jam at the tunnel?

  • Uhhhhh last week i found out... Im just back.

  • Here!

  • Its annoying that those devoid of a sense of humour are always cracking jokes during serious moments when the weak-willed can naught but succumb. 😐

  • Sorry: "pon-shon" is how you pronounce _penchant_ it's French. (Great vids btw.)

  • A story about cricket, English slang and radio Ha. Ha. :-|


  • A traffic jam that's only 2 long, I wish.

  • Here’s a joke for ya and no I didn’t make it myself. What kind of bees make milk? Answers: boob bees 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • I thought it was going to be, "the bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey."

  • Thumbs up

  • (rodios' ) shows ownership - (radio's = radio is) The radio is on...

  • 666th comment

  • Hold up.... This channel's author is Mr. Fact Fiend himself? Karl Smallwood???

  • No Englishman says Ian Botham that way.

  • Thanks for this delightful story! Just imagining the situations gave me some good giggles.

  • Thats no onion!

  • I like your attempt to slip into BBC English... You may have changed your cadence about 7%. (Though their pronunciation department would never allow your Americanisms...😁)

  • The Bonus Facts; Some seem more like colloquialisms than jokes to me. First just funny The pharaoh: A happy pharaoh is a happy country sometimes Second Last: The first "sleeping with one woman is boring" joke And that Last One: clearly a male with a wondering spirit sexually [harms no citizens except for his slayer(angry husband)] and a maiden hungry for sex [braided hair probably meant downstairs, you know]> an onion= their personality/relationship We should aim to understand things

  • The English are dorks

  • Sounds like the kind of thing jermey clarkson would do

  • During a Test match between the West Indies and England, when Michael Holding was about to bowl to Peter Willey, Brian Johnston said: "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey".

  • Another reason I love the really rather ridiculous sport of cricket. It lends itself to absurdity, bless it.

  • I don't f#cking get it! I am an American! British humor ! Get a ladder so I can ... Yeah! I don't get British "humor" if that's what you call it! Sorry Simon!

  • I say, I say, I say, What's pink & wrinkly & hangs out Grandad's undies? Grandma!

  • Two mile traffic jam? In LA that’s wouldn’t even register as news.