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Giant Banquet Blocks German Autobahn

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Giant Banquet Blocks German Autobahn

Giant Banquet Blocks German Autobahn

Giant Banquet Blocks German Autobahn

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Germany's autobahns are usually packed with cars zooming along at speeds well over 100 mph, but on Sunday the the A-40 was blocked by a giant banquet. Three million people turned out to celebrate the region being named this year's Cultural Capital of Europe. They packed 20,000 tables — over 40 miles of motorway.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Good morning. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

Germany's autobahns are usually packed with cars zooming along at speeds well over 100 miles an hour. Yesterday, though, the A-40 was blocked by a giant banquet. Three million people turned out to celebrate the region being named this year's Cultural Capital of Europe. They packed 20,000 tables over 40 miles of motorway. One traffic report warned of delays due to, quote, "the longest table in the world."

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