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China Traffic Jam Enters Ninth Day

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A nine-day traffic jam in China is now more than 100 kilometers long and could last for weeks, according to China state media. Whoa. Let's just back up and read that one more time: A nine-day traffic jam in China is now more than 100 kilometers long and could last for weeks. That's amazing. I mean, a 100-kilometer traffic jam! Can you even picture that? I can't because, you know, the freaking metric system. A hundred kilometers expressed in miles is like, who knows? I think you multiply something by three and then move the decimal point over two places, which would mean that Chinese traffic jam is 300% long. Regardless, that's some traffic jam, right?

So, how does such a thing happen? A spokesman for the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau said the backup was due to "insufficient traffic capacity," which hahaha.

Apparently, drivers are just hanging out buying instant noodles from roadside vendors at four times the original cost, according to CBC News. Meanwhile, as is the case in every news story that's ever been written about traffic, some motorists are vowing to stick it out. "Wang, told Xinhua he'd been stuck in the traffic jam for three days and two nights. "We are advised to take detours, but I would rather stay here since I will travel more distance and increase my costs," Wang said.

And there you have it. Traffic, the great economic equalizer.

 


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