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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  • Commenting, not *commentating.

  • A "COCK-UP"?! LOL!

  • Fart jokes are always funny

  • Simon, I appreciate that you don’t live in England and are seeking to gain more viewers from people who speak US English - and use their colloquial speech on a regular basis. I may disdain this practice as demeaning to our shared country of origin. But you really hit a level approaching the ridiculous, when in this episode,showing English drivers collapsing with laughter driving LHD cars allegedly entering the Dartford tunnel driving around London.

  • He didn’t get his leg up ! Lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oh boy .

  • Only British people... lol

  • Brit humor 🧐🙃🤫

  • I really like how the oldest known joke ever references time immemorial. That’s pretty meta.

  • As much fun as the story itself is watching YOU, Simon Whistler, as you tell it and react to it!

  • For some reason, I'd love to see Simon work w Mary Bread.

  • A video all about dick/sex jokes... Written by Karl Smallwood

  • British humor sucks

  • “... of your mother is by the one who has intercourse with her. What/who is it? * No answer *” *Burn* ( 7:25 )

  • Those wacky Britts

  • There once was a man from Kent, Who's pecker was incredibly bent. So with a big grin, he stuck it on in, And instead of coming, he went.

  • Tea time? Power goes out across 1000 square miles. Someone makes a passing metaphor in jest? The entire metropolitan area is crippled. They ARE the UK.

  • Huh?

  • We had a similar "throwing a leg over" joke crop up one time at dinner that had everyone at the table collapse into fits of laughter... and had nearly everyone else in the _restaurant_ give us some really intense looks. It was a perfect combination of aptness, sexual innuendo and matter-of-fact deadpan delivery - and it just about bloody killed us.

  • The rules of Cricket: You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

  • The gays and the lesbians decided to have a race. Who won? The lesbians. They did 69 the whole way while the gays were still packing their shit.

  • "Well, there he goes. Harry Bagot. He must have let himself down a bit on the hobbies, golf's not very popular around here, but never mind, a good try."

  • That's awesome.

  • Wow you Brits really know comedy alright..

  • At least more happened in those car then actual cricket

  • These jokes aren't funny, no jokes are funny... I've always been that way... My life is just too depressing I guess. I'm not talking like one of the average peeps, I mean I barely get by to have enough money for my low income apartment and basic human needs.

  • The hardest thing about being a cricket player? Telling your parents you're gay!!!!!

  • I started laughing when you told the damn story it WAS funny. :)

  • Clearly comedy has changed in ways as much as it has not changed at all

  • Just realised that the author is Karl Smallwood.

  • I all fairness it was probably hard to improvise when you had to write in stone.

  • After a Batsman had been struck in the Box (groin, very painful) on the fifth ball of a six ball over, Brian Johnson helpfully reminded the audience "There's one ball left!" Commentary box dissolves into fits!!!!

  • I knew this had to be one by Karl lmao.

  • Here's the recording:

  • Did they not have mute buttons in the 90s?

  • Yeah, I don't get it.


  • 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."

  • 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