Good Magazine has put together a nifty graphic that charts the amount of time an average citizen spends in traffic every year. It then expresses that time as the number of times you could get through War and Peace, Wagner's Ring Cycle or the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the same period. Click here for the full size graphic.
What's really interesting to me is that War and Peace takes so long to read/listen to as an audiobook. Only in the unholy traffic chaos of LA could you chug through Tolstoy's tome entirely within the confines of your car. Data like this isn't available for Toronto, so I'll have to see how many times I can get through Lord of the Rings while driving. Pedestrians beware!