Wednesday, September 09, 2009


If you've ever been stuck in a traffic jam that appears to have no discernable cause, and, like me, swelled up with fury, misanthropy and invective, you may take comfort from this study at the University of Nagoya.

Serious jams can be caused by nothing more than tiny fluctuations in the speed of cars far ahead. That, and some dimwit in a beige Camry suddenly braking because she thought she saw the face of the Madonna in a pothole.


Blogger TimT said...

Did Camry driver see The Madonna, or just Madonna in a pothole? The latter would hardly be brakeworthy.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

It rather depends on who you think deserves the definite article, TimT.

There are some people who believe that only one woman deserves to be called The Madonna. Others believe that the title should go to the Virgin Mary.

2:38 PM  

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