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Entry from November 07, 2017
“A truck full of Vicks VapoRub overturned. Police are saying there will be no congestion for 24hrs.”

A joke about traffic congestion has been cited in print since at least 2008 and has been popular in the United Kingdom and the United States:

“A lorry (truck—ed.) loaded with Vicks VapoRub has overturned on the M6. Police have said there will be no congestion for eight hours.”

The joke has been printed on an image.


Wikipedia: Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub ointment is a mentholated topical ointment. VapoRub is indicated for use on the chest, back and throat for cough suppression due to the common cold or on muscles and joints for minor aches and pains. Vicks VapoRub has also been used to treat mosquito bites. Users of VapoRub often apply it immediately before sleep. VapoRub was originally manufactured by the family-owned company Richardson-Vicks, Inc., based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

24 September 2008, The Sun (London, UK), “Have a laugh,” pg. 12:
A LORRY loaded with Vicks VapoRub has overturned on the M6. Police have said there will be no congestion for eight hours.

Google Books
What’s So Funny?
By Kevin Sheedy
London, UK: Penguin Books
2010
Pg. ?:
A semi-trailer overturned on the Hume Highway loaded with Vicks VapoRub. Police said there would be no congestion for eight hours.

Twitter
Shamrock‏
@Shambo
QUAKING NEWS: Truck Loaded With Vicks VapoRub Overturns On Freeway. Police say there should be no congestion for eight hours.
3:42 PM - 7 Jul 2010

Twitter
Ste G‏
@stegley_80
Lorry overturned on M62 shedding its load of Vicks Vaporub. Police report no congestion for at least 8 hrs. #stolenfromfacebook
3:33 PM - 11 Jan 2011

Twitter
Roy Manterfield‏
@MumblingNerd
A truck loaded with Vicks VapoRub overturned on the motorway; Police have confirmed there will be no congestion for eight hours
4:31 AM - 5 Feb 2011

Reddit—Jokes
A lorry has just overturned on the M6 loaded with Vicks vapour rub.
submitted February 2, 2015 by salami_smoothie
Police have said there will be no congestion for eight hours.

Twitter
Funny Jokes‏
@BarzFunnyJokes
A truck loaded with Vicks VapoRub overturned on the motorway; Police have confirmed there will be no congestion for eight hours.
8:50 PM - 31 Oct 2015

Twitter
Shite Seats‏
@shiteseats
Breaking news: police confirm a van full of Vicks Vaporub has crashed on the A1 they have also confirmed no congestion for next 6 hours.
4:04 AM - 20 Mar 2016

Twitter
John‏
@JFD1960
A truck carrying Vicks Vaporub has overturned on the M4, Police have said there’ll be no congestion for up to eight hours
2:21 PM - 6 Apr 2016

Twitter
Living Sarcasm‏
@SarcasmLiving
A lorry load of Vicks VapoRub has crashed and overturned on the M62.
Police r saying that there will be no congestion for at least 24hrs
5:53 AM - 12 Jun 2017

Reddit—Oneliners
A truckload of Vicks VapoRub has crashed on the highway and the police are saying that there will be no congestion for at least twenty four hours.
submitted November 7, 2017 by madazzahatter

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 • Permalink