Friday Funny: Traffic Jam 2013

From the satirical paper The Onion comes news of Traffic Jam 2013 -- a highway concert series that is either commentary on the placelessness of the country's vast highway system or just another way to poke fun at Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
December 21, 2012, 2pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Because the United States has far too few conveniences for the nation's motorists, a brand-new highway concert series to debut next year "will feature popular musical acts performing for passing motorists on America’s shoulder lanes, median dividers, and overpasses."

Because recent trends have indicated Americans are driving less, the Department of Transportation is enlisting Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avicii, and Bon Iver to help draw more users to the country's roadways.

"Our goal was to put together exciting lineups that would encourage Americans to drive up the on-ramp of their nearest interstate, roll down the windows, and enjoy some live music as they travel,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “Whether you want to hear Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre rock the mic on a Long Beach frontage road or a rousing program from the Boston Symphony Orchestra across six lanes of I-90, we have something for everyone.”

"LaHood added that for concertgoers looking for a quieter, more intimate highway music experience, there would also be several smaller acoustic sets on select exit ramps and turnarounds. In addition, he said, weekends will feature comedians such as Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari performing stand-up sets from inside tollbooths as they make change for motorists exiting the nation’s turnpikes."

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Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in The Onion
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