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(BBC)   Romans blamed for London traffic congestion   ( divider line
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2003-02-22 12:31:33 PM  
2003-02-22 12:32:37 PM  
Everyone knows that the English are just a dirty mongrel race anyways...
2003-02-22 01:37:14 PM  
Bloody Romans! What have they ever done for us!?
2003-02-22 01:40:01 PM  
"All roads in Britain lead to London and that's one of the problems we have got."

He went on to suggest the Romans' impact on Britain had been over estimated.

Seems to me that would mean they had a big impact on British civilization. God forbid they might have had some help along the way. =Þ
2003-02-22 01:41:35 PM  
next thing you know they're gonna be blaming the romans for their bad oral hygiene...
2003-02-22 01:43:18 PM  
Romanes Eunt Domus
2003-02-22 01:43:30 PM  
Bloody Romans! What have they ever done for us!?

Exactly! So why, when I submitted this article with that headline, did it get changed to something much less hilarious?
"What have the Fark Admins ever done for us?!"
2003-02-22 01:44:17 PM  
so the Romans were only a bunch of militaristic thugs? Sounds like the British 150 years ago
2003-02-22 01:44:27 PM  
Well, yeah, it's all the cats.
2003-02-22 01:45:11 PM  
That reaching back a long way to lay blame for a current problem.

Of course, we can only blame the mexicans for the condition of the roads in the Southwest. After all, they did build most of 'em.
2003-02-22 01:46:24 PM  
Hasn't Fox News blamed London's road congestion on former president Bill Clinton?

2003-02-22 01:46:39 PM  
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Actually, it's very likely.
2003-02-22 01:50:21 PM  
But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads--
2003-02-22 01:52:44 PM  
Where's the foetus gonna gestate? In a box?
2003-02-22 01:54:45 PM  
Iter nonsense.
2003-02-22 01:54:59 PM  
I blame the dark ages on the Romans.
2003-02-22 01:55:10 PM  
"I don't like the Romans. They were a bunch of militaristic thugs I suppose you could say," said Dr Pryor.

Oh, he certainly sounds like an unbiased researcher. Probably hums "Rule Britannia" constantly.
2003-02-22 01:56:06 PM  
If that's the case, I think some Romans landed with the Pilgrims and helped lay out Boston's streets. I also think the Spainards who laid out Santa Fe had some Roman traffic engineers in their party as well.
2003-02-22 01:58:19 PM  
Dr. Pryor, would you be so kind as to Shut The fark Up please. Thank's ever so much.
2003-02-22 01:59:09 PM  
so the brit dude doesn't like the romans bcause they built the roads but he contributes nothing to solve the congestion. i suppose if the romans didn't built the road, the brit wouldn't have a congestion problem, asshat.
2003-02-22 02:04:04 PM  
"Listen, if you want to join the PFJ, you have to really hate the Romans."

"I do."

"Oh yeah, how much?"

"A lot."

"...Right, you're in."
2003-02-22 02:04:53 PM  
Professor Twit
2003-02-22 02:04:54 PM  
The Romans haven't designed a road in London in thousands of years. Get over it. The Brits had 2 millenia to correct the problem. Grid cities are boring anyway, at least London has some character.
2003-02-22 02:07:03 PM  
I really do need some captions with this...
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2003-02-22 02:09:23 PM  
I blame the french.
2003-02-22 02:10:48 PM  
I AM SPARTACUS the road engineer !
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2003-02-22 02:14:04 PM  
"All roads in Britain lead to London and that's one of the problems we have got."

Hell, just build a few roads to nowhere. Problem solved.

BTW: US rail tracks are same width as Roman chariot wheels, or some shait like that -- has to do with the width of two horses arses.
Not including the horses' arse in the story.
2003-02-22 02:14:54 PM  
speaking of which, don't the roads go without saying?
2003-02-22 02:20:30 PM  
Damn pre Christian era Roman Imperialistic foreign policies! Will we never be free from it?
2003-02-22 02:24:06 PM  
Say what you will about the Roman roads, but their orgies were awesome.
2003-02-22 02:24:50 PM  
As a person of English origin. I do not like any English person blaming past events in history for the state of anything English know.
2003-02-22 02:25:54 PM  
And I suppose it's the Romans' fault their teeth are awful too, right?
2003-02-22 02:26:14 PM  
know = now ,ya know?
2003-02-22 02:26:34 PM  
anyone cussing english persons please report to me for ass-kicking.
2003-02-22 02:28:44 PM  
"do we get to kill english?"
2003-02-22 02:29:10 PM  
All roads lead to Rome!
2003-02-22 02:31:11 PM  
I think it's clearly America's fault. Us, with our asphalt and our roads and our corruption of mother earth!
2003-02-22 02:32:38 PM  
stick a /leftist at the end of my previous post.
2003-02-22 02:33:34 PM  
All the Celtic roads led to large stone circles filled with druids. Much more congested.

The druids, no one knows who they were...or what they were doin'.
2003-02-22 02:35:08 PM  
Those damn Romans! If only the brits had known that TWO THOUSAND YEARS LATER it would cause congestion.
2003-02-22 02:37:43 PM  
Damn Romans! They even encouraged sporting events too. When the Christians faced the lions everyone cheered "DUKE SUCKS!" in Latin.
2003-02-22 02:39:16 PM  
Romani ite domum. Now, write it out a hundred times. Hail Caesar. If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.
2003-02-22 02:41:25 PM  
2003-02-22 02:48:22 PM  
So he blames it on the Romans because he didn't like them... riiiight... how convenient
2003-02-22 02:50:31 PM  

Ukeday Uckssay!
2003-02-22 02:53:32 PM  
Let's consider this statement carefully. On the one hand, you have the Romans, meticulous engineers who built roads to last and planned carefully. On the other hand, you have the peasant successors, who put their roads wherever the cows happened to wander. These are the same people who threw the contents of their chamber pots into the street 1000 years later.

Who're you gonna blame?
2003-02-22 02:58:19 PM  
Bondith - The Romans! Duh! ;)
2003-02-22 02:59:16 PM  
Speaking engineering that lasts for millennia..

Aquaducts damn-it AQUADUCTS!

/got nuthin
2003-02-22 03:00:53 PM  
this professor is a nut.

must be a slow newsday at the BBC.
2003-02-22 03:13:16 PM  
Ever been to Boston? Most of the downtown streets follow(ed) old cow paths to the Common. So I blame the British for that.
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