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

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  • Published on Aug 17, 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.
    Want the text version?: www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2019/08/time-joke-caused-2-mile-traffic-jam-england/
    Sources:
    www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/8081602/Jonathan-Agnew-on-Johnners.html
    www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/09/dinner-jacket-nazis-british-accent-bbc-news/
    www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-07-08/jonathan-agnew-on-test-match-special-his-leg-over-meltdown-and-life-without-brian-johnston/
    www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/aug/20/sport.andrewculf
    h2g2.com/edited_entry/A87824442
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Agnew
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Johnston
    h2g2.com/edited_entry/A6564341
    www.bbc.co.uk/music/records/nz65mz
    news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/test_match_special/1446552.stm
    books.google.co.uk/books?id=yvVsCAAAQBAJ&pg=PT108&lpg=PT108&dq=Brian+Johnston+practical+jokes&source=bl&ots=Y4HHGn4qmF&sig=tk7w7yZM2Tpug4tWQfFvC7xAOsk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjcvozRyY3SAhVGF8AKHXRyDkIQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=Brian%20Johnston%20practical%20jokes&f=false
    www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8157299/Test-Match-Specials-greatest-gaffe-the-Leg-Over.html
    www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2017/09/oldest-known-joke/

Comments • 741

  • bbeen40
    bbeen40 17 hours ago

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

  • Simon Johnston
    Simon Johnston 2 days ago

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

  • Carrie Like the Movie

    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

  • Hi Aezakmi
    Hi Aezakmi 3 days ago

    Yo the thumbnail scared me

  • OllieMakesVideos
    OllieMakesVideos 4 days ago

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

  • RegalGaming559
    RegalGaming559 5 days ago

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

  • 21st Century Mouse
    21st Century Mouse 5 days ago

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

  • Daniel Eyre
    Daniel Eyre 5 days ago

    Cricket what a wankers sport...

  • jake adams
    jake adams 6 days ago

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

  • Ol M-C
    Ol M-C 7 days ago +1

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

  • Dayne Dozier
    Dayne Dozier 7 days ago

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

  • Jordan Eggerman
    Jordan Eggerman 7 days ago

    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...

  • Some Dandy
    Some Dandy 8 days ago

    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."

  • Bryce Armstrong
    Bryce Armstrong 9 days ago

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

  • Fracture
    Fracture 9 days ago

    What's brown and sticky?




    A stick.

  • Paddy McCarthy
    Paddy McCarthy 9 days ago

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

  • David
    David 9 days ago

    I guess you had to be there. -_-

  • Eli Malinsky
    Eli Malinsky 10 days ago

    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!

  • SilvanaDil
    SilvanaDil 10 days ago +2

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

  • tygergamer
    tygergamer 10 days ago

    That Pharaoh joke cracked me up. 😂

  • Nick_F65
    Nick_F65 10 days ago +1

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

  • Zman Jace
    Zman Jace 12 days ago

    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.

  • David Issel
    David Issel 13 days ago

    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.)

  • Moto-Medics
    Moto-Medics 14 days ago

    This is soo British it hurts

  • Eric Zetterlund
    Eric Zetterlund 14 days ago

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

  • Incredible Shrinking Woman

    😂🤣

  • Daniel Thompson
    Daniel Thompson 15 days ago

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

  • William Cruz
    William Cruz 15 days ago

    The onion one was funny

  • Jonathan Tatler
    Jonathan Tatler 15 days ago

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

  • Oratio G
    Oratio G 16 days ago

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

  • Fran Reid
    Fran Reid 16 days ago

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

  • Malvakai P
    Malvakai P 17 days ago

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

  • Just Awake
    Just Awake 17 days ago

    Yes! Cricket jokes!

  • dingle dooley
    dingle dooley 17 days ago +3

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

  • Nicholas Lupo
    Nicholas Lupo 18 days ago

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

  • Chris Simmer
    Chris Simmer 19 days ago

    Here!
    thexvid.com/video/IzEBLrz3S1o/video.html

  • John Kean
    John Kean 19 days ago

    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. 😐

  • John Kean
    John Kean 19 days ago +2

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

  • savantiflag
    savantiflag 20 days ago

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

  • Dr. Stanislaus McClure Phd Creation Science

    YOUR ALL PERVERTS IN EUROPE!!!!!

  • lan Regnier
    lan Regnier 21 day ago

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

  • JCmtw Biz
    JCmtw Biz 21 day ago +1

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


    Answers: boob bees 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Mizzy Roro
    Mizzy Roro 22 days ago

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

  • Jim Shue
    Jim Shue 22 days ago

    Thumbs up

  • Thomas Stecyk
    Thomas Stecyk 23 days ago

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

  • TelephonePlays
    TelephonePlays 23 days ago

    666th comment

  • Rejeeve Smith
    Rejeeve Smith 23 days ago

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

  • Hannah Baxter
    Hannah Baxter 23 days ago

    No Englishman says Ian Botham that way.

  • Osillius
    Osillius 23 days ago

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

  • Zipp4Everyone
    Zipp4Everyone 23 days ago

    Thats no onion!

  • Sean Hanna
    Sean Hanna 23 days ago

    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...😁)

  • Iritiri Rea
    Iritiri Rea 23 days ago

    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

  • All Exotic Tarot and Divination

    The English are dorks

  • Sarah Barrick
    Sarah Barrick 25 days ago

    Sounds like the kind of thing jermey clarkson would do

  • Pete Jackson
    Pete Jackson 25 days ago

    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".

  • John Piggott
    John Piggott 25 days ago

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

  • Curtis Hollerback
    Curtis Hollerback 25 days ago

    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!

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

  • Parrish Stevens
    Parrish Stevens 25 days ago

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

  • -kaster- -kaster-
    -kaster- -kaster- 26 days ago

    We get that mile back ups everyday in L.A