Oh, I know the answer to this one.

MetaFilter poses a great question, which is followed by a whole slew of smartypants answers…

Why do north-south streets in Chicago run from the northwest to southeast?

It’s just a wee bit of a deviation but it’s there. Obviously it’s a surveying error. When was the error introduced into the system?

Answers range from the effects of the sun, the geography of the lake and river, boustrophedonically, and magnetic north deviation.

People, people, people… the answer is much more simple. The city planners were drunk.

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