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German Festival Closes Autobahn

By Wyatt Earp | July 20, 2010

Millions of Germans shut down the Autobahn this weekend for the “Still Life” festival. An event featuring picnics, shows, and other attractions for the citizenry.

And remember, this was just a harmless local “festival.” There is no reason to be alarmed. , sure.

DORTMUND, Germany – About three million people turned a busy motorway into one of the biggest open-air festivals in Germany’s history on Sunday. A 60 km (36 mile)-long section of the A40 Autobahn between the western German cities of Dortmund and Duisburg was closed to motorists and turned over to pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and picnickers.

The event called “Still Life” was part of celebrations for the Ruhr region Cultural Capital of Europe 2010. The area, once Germany’s industrial heartland, is home to 5.3 million people. Some 20,000 tables were set up on the motorway for what organizers called “the longest banquet in the world.” They said three million people had taken part.

When hearing of the citizens massing on A40, Poland started wetting its pants and making white flags. Heh.

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6 Responses to “German Festival Closes Autobahn”

  1. 1oldleg Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    And the Fwench lined the road from Paris to Berlin with trees so the Germans would have shade for the next invasion!

  2. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Not really that funny Wyatt……..

  3. bob (either orr) Says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Actually, I wonder how much carnage could have been done if someone broke through the closings and went wild. Remember, the Autobahn speed limits are closer to NASCAR than to ours.

  4. butch Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Change “Poland” to “France” and you’d be closer to the truth.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 11:02 am

    1oldleg – Well, heat stroke and all that . . .

    LDIV – It’s a little funny.

    Bob – Oh, there would have been dozens and dozens of injuries – if not worse.

    Butch – Sarkozy has much more balls than any wartime French leader.

  6. Ingineer66 Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Poland, Germany what’s the point of even having a border between friends right?
    Besides Poland is part of NATO now, so an attack by Germany would result in a counter attack by the US. Now that would be interesting.

    A few years ago an elderly driver smashed through the barricades and into a street fair in Los Angeles and killed something like 12 people. It was brutal.