Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 00:14:01 -0500
From: ALICE FABER faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Subject: gapers' block
| In Chicago, a traffic slowdown caused by drivers slowing to look at an
| accident in the opposite lane, or some other sight (currently a portrait of
| Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls, changing hair color as Rodman does) - is
| called a "gapers' block."
Back a few years ago when the LSA met in LA, the woman driving my shuttle in
from the airport to the hotel informed us, a propos of one of said delays,
that this was a case of PCT, which she expanded as "persons causing traffic."
I told her that in New York it would be called rubber-necking. She had never
heard the term.
On the subject of continental drift (as it were), when I was last in Israel
(mid 70's), Israel still controlled Sinai. Reservists who were assigned
to Sinai referred to this as being stationed in Africa. So, wherever Israel
is, it's *not* in Africa, I guess.