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João 'Finding a new way to make you WTF today' Marum
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This street holds the record for world's most crooked road and is located in Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA.



While this one holds the record for most confusing intersection, a large roundabout consisting of 5 more mini roundabouts, in Swindon, England.



The steepest road in the planet is Baldwin Street, Dunedin.



The widest road in the world, with 100 meters across and 12 lanes of traffic, is Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina.



And the narrowest street in the world is Parliament St in Exeter, England. 63cm in some parts so you have to walk it sideways.

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Good lord, how does anyone navigate that traffic circle? It looks more like a game board with whirlpools.
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erak wrote:
Good lord, how does anyone navigate that traffic circle? It looks more like a game board with whirlpools.

It's actually six of the nine circles of hell.
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erak wrote:
Good lord, how does anyone navigate that traffic circle? It looks more like a game board with whirlpools.


The red car in the upper center has been trying to escape for the past four and a half months.
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jeffwiles wrote:
erak wrote:
Good lord, how does anyone navigate that traffic circle? It looks more like a game board with whirlpools.


The red car in the upper center has been trying to escape for the past four and a half months.


Big Ben! Parliament!
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MGBM wrote:
This street holds the record for world's most crooked road and is located in Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA.





You'll be happy to know that GTA: San Andreas lets you actually try to drive down an analogue of Lombard Street. I manage it by using a motorcycle and cutting straight down.
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erak wrote:
Good lord, how does anyone navigate that traffic circle? It looks more like a game board with whirlpools.


That looks awesome. You could drive around them in patterns to make it looks like letters from the air, then spell out words to tell off whoever might be watching by satellite or traffic camera.
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As always, MGBM does not disappoint.

Great Post!!

BTW & FWIW, I've driven down Lombard Street at least 3 times (each time I've visited San Francisco!!)
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MGBM wrote:


WTF was that civil engineer thinking? Wouldn't 1 big roundabout be simpler?

Apparently you get a sign before you go in:

But it should say:
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Where I learned to drive (Southend, England) there was a "roundabout full of roundabouts", which was actually often included in the test itself.

The reasoning behind these oddities is, I believe, that if you want the "last" exit, you can actually go the "wrong" way round the large roundabout using the smaller ones. Took a little getting used to, but they actually speed up traffic flow, and I don't recall a high rate of accidents there. Looks of terror on the faces of little old ladies, but no accidents . . .

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southend,+e...
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spearjr wrote:
MGBM wrote:


WTF was that civil engineer thinking? Wouldn't 1 big roundabout be simpler?


I think it was designed by Escher.
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nycavri wrote:
Where I learned to drive (Southend, England) there was a "roundabout full of roundabouts", which was actually often included in the test itself.

Thanks for mentioning this. I thought the roundabout looked familiar but I have never been to Swindon, at least I don't think I have, but I did live in (and drive in) Southend for a while. That must be why the picture looks familiar.
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What is it about "Saaafend" that you always run into someone from there? Perhaps the fervent desire of many who live there to escape . . . ?
 
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nycavri wrote:
The reasoning behind these oddities is, I believe, that if you want the "last" exit, you can actually go the "wrong" way round the large roundabout using the smaller ones. Took a little getting used to, but they actually speed up traffic flow, and I don't recall a high rate of accidents there. Looks of terror on the faces of little old ladies, but no accidents . . .

Well...
Wikipedia wrote:
In 2005, it was voted the worst roundabout in a survey by a UK insurance company. In September 2007, the Magic Roundabout was named as one of the World's Worst Junctions by a UK motoring magazine. In December 2007, BBC News reported a survey identifying The Magic Roundabout as one of the "10 Scariest Junctions in the United Kingdom".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Swindon)
 
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See the madness in motion!

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The roundabouts I could deal with, but seeing that guy drive on the wrong side of the road made me all jittery.
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