There have been some bizarre reasons for road closures in this country. The time I was held up by a lorry-load of escaped pigs on the M11 sticks in the mind.
But a recent incident in Japan has added a brand new reason for your late arrival – the mayonnaise slick. It seems that a truck carrying the mayo managed to shed its load on the carriageway, causing a five hour closure of a 3.5km stretch of the motorway.
Apparently, they go really mad for mayo in Japan.
Several vehicles lost control on the puddles of oily salad condiment, and three drivers sustained minor injuries, but luckily no serious incidents resulted.
Thankfully there is no suggestion that van drivers in the UK will need hazardous goods insurance for their next consignment of Hellmans.