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.
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    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
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    www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2017/09/oldest-known-joke/

Comments • 773

  • Skorpius
    Skorpius 2 days ago

    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.

  • RhythmOvPain
    RhythmOvPain 10 days ago

    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.

  • Kevin 7 Rxxx
    Kevin 7 Rxxx 14 days ago

    Huh?

  • Wolf NZ Outdoors
    Wolf NZ Outdoors 15 days ago

    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.

  • Peter Turner
    Peter Turner 15 days ago

    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!

  • Karina Flower
    Karina Flower 21 day ago

    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.

  • 15743 Hertz
    15743 Hertz 27 days ago

    "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."

  • A Fig
    A Fig Month ago

    That's awesome.

  • Kashmycheck 1st
    Kashmycheck 1st Month ago

    Wow you Brits really know comedy alright..

  • Nunace
    Nunace Month ago

    At least more happened in those car then actual cricket

  • BACA Supporter
    BACA Supporter Month ago

    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.

  • Michael Thompson
    Michael Thompson Month ago

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

  • Issenthevampire
    Issenthevampire Month ago

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

  • SouthicSkald Productions SKIP

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

  • Gabriel Sotelo
    Gabriel Sotelo Month ago

    Just realised that the author is Karl Smallwood.

  • Lawrence Taylor
    Lawrence Taylor Month ago

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

  • simon jackson
    simon jackson Month ago

    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!!!!

  • javierortiz82
    javierortiz82 Month ago

    I knew this had to be one by Karl lmao.

  • Chronicles of Bap
    Chronicles of Bap Month ago

    Here's the recording:
    thexvid.com/video/IzEBLrz3S1o/video.html

  • nick parry
    nick parry Month ago

    Did they not have mute buttons in the 90s?

  • Triple Eye - Indie Gaming

    Yeah, I don't get it.

  • Ian Alvord
    Ian Alvord Month ago +1

    thexvid.com/video/IzEBLrz3S1o/video.html

  • Rick Hobson
    Rick Hobson Month ago

    You owe it to yourself to find the actual audio! It's on TheXvid and I broke out into giggles listening to it.

  • bbeen40
    bbeen40 2 months 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 months 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
    Carrie Like the Movie 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

    Yo the thumbnail scared me

  • OllieMakesVideos
    OllieMakesVideos 2 months ago

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

  • RegalGaming559
    RegalGaming559 2 months ago

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

  • 21st Century Mouse
    21st Century Mouse 2 months ago

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

  • Daniel Eyre
    Daniel Eyre 2 months ago

    Cricket what a wankers sport...

  • jake adams
    jake adams 2 months ago

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

  • Ol M-C
    Ol M-C 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Jordan Eggerman
    Jordan Eggerman 2 months 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 2 months 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."

  • Fracture
    Fracture 2 months ago

    What's brown and sticky?




    A stick.

  • Paddy McCarthy
    Paddy McCarthy 2 months ago

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

  • David
    David 2 months ago

    I guess you had to be there. -_-

  • Eli Malinsky
    Eli Malinsky 2 months 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 2 months ago +3

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

  • tygergamer
    tygergamer 2 months ago

    That Pharaoh joke cracked me up. 😂

  • Nick_F65
    Nick_F65 2 months ago +1

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

  • Zman Jace
    Zman Jace 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    This is soo British it hurts

  • Eric Zetterlund
    Eric Zetterlund 2 months ago

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

  • Shrinking Violet
    Shrinking Violet 2 months ago

    😂🤣

  • Daniel Thompson
    Daniel Thompson 2 months 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 2 months ago

    The onion one was funny

  • Jonathan Tatler
    Jonathan Tatler 2 months ago

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

  • Oratio G
    Oratio G 2 months ago

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

  • Fran Reid
    Fran Reid 2 months ago

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

  • Malvakai P
    Malvakai P 2 months ago

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

  • Just Awake
    Just Awake 2 months ago

    Yes! Cricket jokes!

  • dingle dooley
    dingle dooley 2 months ago +4

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

  • Nicholas Lupo
    Nicholas Lupo 2 months ago

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

  • Chris Simmer
    Chris Simmer 2 months ago

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

  • John Kean
    John Kean 2 months 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 2 months ago +2

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