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Old 07-22-2009, 12:08 PM
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Speed may have contributed to this pile-up, but s**t is going to happen no matter how fast you drive. It's not often we hear of these sorts of accidents on the autobahn. When people are driving fast they tend to pay more attention and are actually safer drivers. Our American tendencies to drive while we eat, drink (coca-cola),text, or do our make-up (for you lady folk!) are far more dangerous than the unlimited speed areas of the autobahn.
Especially in New Orleans!
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That's a very nice experiment. Seems as if traffic jams can occur without an apparent cause like a bottleneck situation (although there could not merely be construction work but also something like two truck drivers shortly blocking the street) and I guess that one might mathematically describe it with chaos theory, large amplification of small changes in the system.
Well, and then there is allways the snail, of course. Doubt you can predict that with chaos theory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbrVI...eature=related
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Well, and then there is allways the snail, of course. Doubt you can predict that with chaos theory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbrVI...eature=related
I think that this is one of those rare moments when the word "snail" and the phrase "chaos theory" have seen the light of day in adjacent sentences.

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Chaotioc snails...what a concept...lol...
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