Somewhere in China

Traffic congestion……….aaaagggghhhhh!!!!!

No matter where you live, driving from point A to point B can and usually is a royal pain in the ass. Forget the simple fact that municipalities don’t have the funds for basic infrastructure (hey, those poor teachers are starving) so we have exploded mortar size potholes, uneven roadways and falling down road signs, throw into the mix deteriorating driving skills and myriad distractions (oh shit, my iPhone just beeped, somebody sent me a text) and it is a literal jungle out there. But there is one saving grace, Thank God, you don’t live in China:

There are many things to laugh at here. Notice the total lack of any traffic control, no street lights, no pedestrian crosswalks, no actual lane delineation lines, it is every man for himself. How many actual traffic accidents did you count?

A few years back while site seeing in Paris, we went to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, at the top not only does it present a nice view of the city, but in looking down you can witness what I thought at the time as the biggest traffic clusertf–k of the world. You have 5 major thoroughfares feeding into 8 different lanes that circle the structure with no lane lines, it is survival of the fittest. This was taken non rush hour, but it gives you a hint. But compared to any roadway in China, it is a walk in the park.

But if its a hundred times worse in other countries, why is road rage an American phenomena?

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  1. TxAg94

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does in the last 2 seconds.

    Also, good to see that rubber-necking is not a uniquely American thing. Half the problems in that clip were rubber-neckers, as usual.

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  2. Iconoclast

    Spoiler Alert?

    This actually looks staged to me — the same guy involved in four, apparently deliberate, collisions, ending with a pratfall down the hole…

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  3. CM

    This actually looks staged to me — the same guy involved in four, apparently deliberate, collisions, ending with a pratfall down the hole…

    That was initial reaction. But now you’ve said it I think it’s genuine. ;-)

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    Nice to see ya Rich.

    You have 5 major thoroughfares feeding into 8 different lanes that circle the structure with no lane lines, it is survival of the fittest.

    And yet I bet the Germans found an efficient way to navigate that intersection…Twice

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  5. richtaylor365 *

    . Go to YouTube and search for Russian dash cam videos.

    I had seen some of these before, holy smokes. 2 things readily come to mind:

    1) Russians sure do listen to crappy music, what, they don’t get Rush Limbaugh over there?
    2) The Russian language is quite dynamic, I heard about 6 different versions of ,”What a dumbshit”.

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