Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Like pearls cut loose, Portugal's islands are scattered widely across the Atlantic. From the past possessions of Cape Verde off the African coast to the westernmost fragments of the Azores halfway to America. In the middle, the map is enlivened by the unidentical twins of Madeira and Porto Santo. The first comprises volcanic wreckage draped in lush vegetation and strewn with flowers; the second, a sandy slab of Sahara that Africa has somehow mislaid.

They stand about 30 miles apart, and are linked by air and sea – facts that will become relevant shortly.

Madeira has seen a surge in flights this summer, with both easyJet and British Airways adding services from Britain. Last Saturday, though, BA subtracted its new link from Gatwick. High winds were forecast for Madeira's notoriously tricky runway. BA's morning flight, 2780, stayed on the ground for a full 24 hours while grounded passengers sampled the joys of the Gatwick Premier Inn rather than sipping a chilled white port on the lawn at Reid's – the signature hotel in Madeira's capital, Funchal.

Those passengers booked on easyJet's afternoon flight on the same route were feeling more optimistic. Flight 5137 took off on time under the command of a jovial Canadian captain by the name of Peter Buckley. Half-an-hour from arrival, passenger Jonathan Richards was feeling jovial too. But then, he says, the pilot announced: "It's a little windy at Funchal and there's a plane in front of us going to land so we'll have to wait." A little later: "Unfortunately the wind which was supposed to lessen has increased in speed, so we have 45 minutes of holding fuel – then I'm going to put us down on a nearby island, Porto Santo, and we'll have a chat about what to do next."

Mr Richards picks up the story: "Eventually time ran out and he broke the news that we'd be landing 30 miles short of our destination to refuel and wait for the weather. Through the murk emerged Porto Santo – an island I've often thought about visiting, just not quite like this."

Diversionary tactics

All sorts of factors, from dwindling fuel to medical emergencies, can trigger diversions. Flights heading to the busiest runways in the world – at Heathrow and Gatwick – are particularly prone to diversion roulette, with passengers turning up anywhere from Bournemouth to Newcastle if a runway is closed. Over the years, I have discovered hidden and exotic corners of the globe such as Stephenville in Newfoundland, Guam in the north Pacific and Birmingham in the West Midlands (on a plane from Palma that was turned away from fogbound Manchester).

On Tuesday, London City airport came up with something different: a hole in the runway meant that thousands of departing passengers experienced Docklands doldrums as they waited for planes that were scattered to the four corners of the South-east: British Airways' passengers arriving from Amsterdam and Zurich got to enjoy the calm and tranquillity of Southend. People who had battled their way to Basel airport for the inhumanly early departure to "LCY" enjoyed a spin around Folkestone before touching down at Stansted, 30 miles from where they wanted to be – the same distance as Mr Richards and his fellow passengers in Porto Santo were from their final destination.

He takes up his tale: "The captain announced people from the island or anyone else who wanted to end their journey could do so. To his credit, he talked to everyone, and then left the plane to physically assist the baggage handlers."

The weather in Madeira failed to improve. A decision had to be made before the crew's maximum legal flying hours were exceded. Could the Airbus stay in Porto Santo and hop across to Madeira next day? No, says the airline, "the limited availability of hotel rooms" ruled this out. The nearest easyJet base, with plenty of hotels, was Lisbon – 600 miles away. But easyJet instructed the pilot to fly his passengers 1,500 miles back to the airport they had left seven hours earlier.

They touched down at Gatwick at 2am. In 11 hours, enough time to reach Los Angeles, the passengers had flown 3,000 miles and got nowhere. They were told to retrieve their bags and wait for a couple of hours before checking in again for a 6.30am second attempt – same gate, same plane, different crew. Mr Richards finally made it to the Madeira in time for Sunday lunch rather than Saturday dinner. But he was impressed with the way the problem had been handled: "Communication and customer care made it a great day out; easyJet were awesome."

Boomerang airline

The cost to easyJet in fuel alone was £12,000, plus wear and tear on the aircraft – notably its most valuable components, the engines. It would have been much cheaper (and less damaging environmentally) to hop across to Lisbon. But the crew would have needed a minimum of 12 hours' rest before attempting the return hop to Madeira. And with weather in the Atlantic so fickle, easyJet decided it needed maximum flexibility. So it was back to the airline's main base at Gatwick, where plenty of crew were available, even though it meant thousands of pounds were diverted from easyJet shareholders.

Simon Calder at TInd

We Like Him

How much standup do you do now?
I do it year round and I work on it every day, [though] I’m more selective about the types of show I do nowadays. I do a fair few gigs a month, whereas I used to do 10 shows a week, which is fine when you’re starting out, but now I can treat each one as a real event rather than a routine appointment.
If you had to pick between TV acting, stage acting, standup, presenting and writing, which would it be?
It’s really hard to say. I crave the variety, I really do. I’d probably say standup as I think that’s what I do best, if I may say so. But it can be a really self-absorbed, obsessive way to live your life, whereas doing theatre is very collaborative and creative and intense, I’d hate to miss out on that. There are other mediums I haven’t tried yet, like poetry and dance. Standup is maybe a bit like extreme sports, those offbeat occupations where it takes a certain sort of person to do it. You have to invest a lot of yourself in it – and night after night, day after day, it’s probably at the expense of your health or your family life or not playing enough tennis or something. I don’t want to sound like an old prude but there are all the temptations that go with it – there was really a drinking culture around it when I started, not so much now I think. I spent a lot of my life doing that, long before Father Ted – all throughout the production of Father Ted I was moonlighting as a standup comedian, and it was marvellous, but I missed so many weddings and funerals and nights out and Champions League matches.
I’ve heard that you get very nervous before shows and have been known to crawl into bed beforehand – is that true?
I would get into bed, I’d be sick, I wouldn’t be able to eat or read or concentrate on anything – it would go on for hours. So for about 15 years I had a reputation – much-deserved – for being a nervous wreck before shows.
How did you get over it?
I had an epiphany about five years ago – almost overnight – and I’ve been fine ever since. I just thought, why do I put myself through this agony? It’s supposed to be fun, and it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t go well. Doing theatre helped, the discipline of it, and the fact that you’re working closely with other people. You can’t let the side down, whereas in standup it’s just up to you. Fundamentally, I was a very shy and quiet person growing up, so it was just really difficult getting up on a stage. It was a perverse career choice really.
Emily Joyce as Janet and Ardal O'Hanlon as Thermoman, BBC1
 Emily Joyce as Janet and Ardal O’Hanlon as Thermoman in BBC series My Hero. Photograph: Nicky Johnston/BBC
So why did you choose standup?
I don’t know. I can’t explain that. I really genuinely cannot offer any suggestions. I’ve often thought it was a subconscious attempt to conquer my greatest fears.
Which were what?
Which were speaking in public.
How ambitious are you?
Well I’m certainly not complacent. But I’ve always had a problem with striving and grasping, I’ve done my fair share of that but it’s not satisfying. To be honest I would like to do more movies, I’ve been a victim of my own success in that sense, as if you have a TV character that really endures, it’s really hard to get into film.
Ardal O'Hanlon and Dermot Morgan in Father Ted
Ardal O’Hanlon and Dermot Morgan in Father Ted
Has the association with Father Dougal ever felt like a burden?
Not a day goes by that I don’t think how lucky I was to get that role, but there have been times I’ve been overwhelmed by it. It was only a tiny part of my past – I spent eight months working on Father Ted over four or five years, and that was it. I’ve done plays and dramatic roles and reasonably robust standup comedy, I’ve done documentaries, written a novel which is … pretty dark in places, so I’m doing my bit to put some daylight between me and Dougal. The public need to do their bit now.
It’s 17 years since Dermot Morgan [Father Ted] died – what do you remember about him all this time on?
He was a decent guy, he was muddling through like the rest of us, I enjoyed working with him and we got on pretty well off-set as well, we played five-a-side football together … I find it really hard to encapsulate our quite complex relationship in a nugget. You’re thrown together in these situations and there are strong personalities, it’s a very creative environment. He was a very high-energy bloke, he could be quite manic at times and he could wear you out quite frankly. Things were a little more fractious in series three when the novelty wore off, but we never really had a falling out.
His death was a complete shock. It really made me sit up and take stock. Me and my wife and child holed up in a hotel for a few days afterwards, there was a lot of soul-searching about what I wanted from life. I guess it was around then I realised that career wasn’t everything.
Given your father was a politician, is there a political side to you?
There probably is, not in a flag-waving way, I wouldn’t be a member of a party or be hidebound by an ideology, but I am interested in politics and the issues of the day. So in Ireland we’ve got the marriage equality referendum coming up and I’d be supportive of that. I have a certain sympathy with politicians having lived with one. I’ve seen how no matter how earnest or driven or energetic they are, it’s still difficult to change things. I have been encouraged to go into politics, but I don’t think I could make a contribution, it suits me better to be sniping from the sidelines.
TG

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World football’s governing body had its big chancetoday. But it blew it. The ball was at Fifa’s feet. The global audience was gripped. The goal was gaping wide. At which point Fifa fell on its face. If an Arsenal or an Aston Villa player misses a chance in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, it will be described as a turning point. So it was with what happened in Zurich. The Cup final, though, is only a game. With apologies to Bill Shankly, Fifa’s failure is far more important.
Fifa could have responded to the arrests of many of its top executives by showing that it grasps what has finally happened to the credibility of world football. If Fifa had got it, rather than continuing in denial, today would have seen Sepp Blatter step down, the 2018 and 2022 World Cups put on hold and an independent inquiry into Fifa’s future set up. Instead, most of Fifa put its fingers firmly in its ears, with Mr Blatter eventually reselected for a fifth term, amid meaningless promises of internal reform and a determination to go ahead with the tournaments in Russia and Qatar. Judging by some remarks, including Mr Blatter’s own, the conclusion that many delegates preferred to draw from this week’s events is that they were a political conspiracy against Fifa.
The victory for the status quo nevertheless proves some political realities that cannot just be ignored. Mr Blatter survived because so many interests, not just his own, are bound into the system over which he presides. These interests go far beyond the kickbacks and corruption of individuals, important though that is. They include the national benefits to football in the developing nations, some of them large ones, that secure Mr Blatter’s regime. They also include the huge commercial benefits that Fifa can promise to multinational sponsors of its golden goose, the World Cup.
These things are not going to change without a fight. So, to mix sporting metaphors, the ball is now firmly in the challengers’ court. They must try to use this week’s events to encourage and coordinate Fifa’s multinational sponsors and television clients to turn the screw on the Blatter regime. But that will not be easily done.
In the end, it is hard to envisage a convincing transformation of Fifa without boycotts that are enforced and credible. Whether television companies, which provide more than half of Fifa’s annual income of £822m, can be persuaded to boycott Fifa games and tournaments, above all the World Cup, must be very doubtful. The global public appetite for football is immense – it is at the root of Fifa’s power. Commercial sponsors like Visa, Nike and Coca-Cola, which provide most of the rest of Fifa’s income, may be another matter, with more to lose reputationally than the media, not least from Fifa-related boycotts of their own products.
The real issue, however, is whether sufficient national football associations and their publics are truly up for the fight, if the fight involves boycotting the World Cup and the revenues it generates. If they are, all well and good. Football is a sport in which club loyalty often dwarfs national loyalty among fans, and the big western clubs would undoubtedly see advantages in having more of their European players available in the close-seasons when World Cups are contested. But how resilient would public opinion be? In England, fans and the media like to insult Mr Blatter, but they like being in the World Cup too. The Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish might also be nervous about their independent international football futures in the face of an anti-Fifa boycott.
Having it both ways may not be high-minded or noble. But human beings are conflicted and contradictory. In the ancient as in the modern world, gambling and graft have always been sporting competition’s bedfellows. And sport from Pericles to Putin has always been shot through with politics too. Fifa spent part of today arguing about the expulsion of Israel, an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with sport and absolutely everything to do with politics. Mr Blatter’s regime is rooted in political resentment of big countries as well as in the cash football generates. If we want international sport to represent our values, then we must be serious about what that would entail. Given football’s grip on our culture, that all seems a bit optimistic.
TG

Rubbed Out

In August 1955, Vice President Richard Nixon visited the former orange grove fields that had been meticulously cleared and packed with towering rocket ships, flying Dumbo carts, and a castle. With cameras going off, Nixon was given the key to Disneyland by the park’s own Vice President and General Manager, Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood.
An engineer who had been hired away from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) the year prior, C.V. Wood had selected the site in Anaheim, purchased the land, and supervised construction. He was Disneyland’s first employee; Walt Disney was known to refer to him as a “son.”
Six months later, Wood was gone—not just from the park, but from Disney’s official history. 
Possibly the biggest influence on Disneyland next to Disney himself, Wood studied petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He met Disney when the animator began consulting with SRI on the logistics of his long-planned theme park. Wood proved so adept at solving problems—and so enamored with the concept of a fantasy landscape—he was brought on full-time to supervise the project’s frenetic construction.
The park opened in July 1955 and was an immediate success. Wood had a one-year contract, but in January 1956, trade papers announced his departure from the company. That he’d leave a job he was so fond of so abruptly immediately raised questions. (Embezzlement was one popular theory.) Though there’s never been a definitive answer, Van Arsdale France, a Disneyland employee who knew both Disney and Wood, believed the two men were so fiercely independent that their relationship wasn’t going to last.
“In one week, Wood was holding his regular meetings as usual, with an office crowded every minute of the day,” France was quoted as saying in The Disneyland Story. “Just about overnight, he was out.” According to employee Dick Irvine, Disney had his brother, Roy, fire Wood after a heated argument.
But Wood was still fascinated by the amusement industry. With severance pay in his pocket, the year he separated from Disney Wood he started Marco Engineering, which specialized in the design and execution of attractions. Wood was a one-of-a-kind talent for investors who wanted to try and replicate Disney’s success. He hired away several key Disney staffers; to promote his fledging business, he even started to bill himself as “The Master Planner of Disneyland.”   
Marco got off to an auspicious start. They opened Magic Mountain in Golden, Colorado in 1958, but construction delays bogged down business and the park was operational only during the summer. He also developed Pleasure Island, a Boston park that opened in 1959. Both ventures soon dissolved.
By this point, Wood was invoking his Disney ties a little too often for his former boss' liking. When he opened Freedomland in the Bronx in 1960, he billed it as “The Disneyland of the East.” Lawyers for Disney sued in order to protect the brand's copyright, and the matter was settled out of court.  
While Wood had high hopes for Freedomland—which tried to recreate historical cities and events—a series of incidents garnered the wrong kind of press. A stagecoach toppled over, breaking a guest’s spine; robbers made off with over $28,000
Freedomland closed in 1964, unable to compete with the neighboring World’s Fair and its stockpile of Disney-endorsed attractions. Wood later became famous for moving the London Bridge to Arizona, piece by piece, for a tourist attraction in 1968. He also founded the International Chili Society before ending his career at Warner Bros., where he worked until his death in 1992.
There is no account of Wood ever reconciling with Disney. While the company has receivedcriticism for not acknowledging his contributions to Disneyland, not everyone got the memo. In 2011, an official Disney travel magazine innocently offered a bit of trivia about the relocated London Bridge in Arizona and one of the men responsible for it: C.V. Wood.
MF

Never in a Million Years


FIFA not allowing video evidence
FIFA has insisted that video evidence should be discounted in the arrest of its senior officials, we can report this morning.
The footballing body has suggested that incidents of wrongdoing which were not directly witnessed by officials should not be considered, and suggested police simply allow play to continue, even if they become clear on video later.
“The use of video replay technology might disrupt the flow of money. Play. I meant play,” said a spokesman for the organisation.
“It’s important to allow people to get on with the important business of running football without having to stop every five minutes just because a video might show someone stuffing a million dollars in unmarked bills into a suitcase or whatever.”
“Over the course of a career, we think it will all even out anyway.”
“And remember, grassroots judicial systems don’t have access to video evidence, and it’s important that prosecutions at the top work in exactly the same way as they do at the bottom of the legal system.”

FIFA video evidence

After the arrests, members of FIFA are alleged to have surrounded law-enforcement officials and tried shouting at them until they change their minds.
“Clearly the police are blind,” added the spokesman.
“Not that this is any reason to allow video replays, oh no siree.”
When asked for comment Sepp Blatter fell to the ground clutching his leg and had to be carried off.
NT

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The neighbors who called 911 about Halloween decorations

The neighbors who called 911 about Halloween decorations
Perhaps Johnnie Mullins of Mustang, Oklahoma was a little too good at decorating his house with his kids for Halloween.

In 2013, Mullins created a monstrous display of two dummies that looked like real bodies that met their untimely bloody end. Both were drenched in blood with one of the heads hidden under a parked car and the other head caught in the garage door. 

Mullins attention to detail was quite impressive. So much so that it scared neighbor Rebecca Fuentes half to death. "My heart about came out of my chest. I thought – Oh my God! If I think it's real, just think of what a child would think?'"

Police and firefighters who came to “the scene of the crime” told Mullins that he didn't do anything illegal. Mullins didn't think he was doing anything wrong either, saying that he was "just trying to scare people, that's what I like to do." (Source |Photo)



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The TV show stunt that made people call 911

The TV show stunt that made people call 911
Stunts and special effects in films and TV look incredibly realistic these days, thanks to digital technology, but the art of doing stunts by real-life stuntmen isn't dead. Just ask the people of Lantana, Florida.

In May 2015, Palm Beach County Fire & Rescue received several calls regarding a small plane that appeared to crash on the Intracoastal ICW just north of the Lantana Bridge. It turns out the plane that went down was actually a stunt done for the reality TV show hosted by rapper Vanilla Ice, The Vanilla Ice Project. Although it landed safely, the producers of the show found themselves in hot water.

They neglected to tell local authorities about the stunt in advance which prompted a flurry of 911 calls from locals reporting the incident. Palm Beach County Film and Television Commissioner Chuck Elderd said the crew did have a permit to film on the ground, but the seaplane took the film commission by surprise.

Vanilla Ice never expected the ruckus telling the local news, “ We figured the airplane was a good entrance for a celebration, and there's no better way to showcase beautiful Palm Beach than to show it from the air.” Huh? Is that like your explanation to comparing “Ice, Ice Baby” to Queen & David Bowie's “Under Pressure?” (Source | Photo)



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The film legend's radio broadcast that caused mass hysteria

The film legend's radio broadcast that caused mass hysteria
Back in the 1930s, radio was the quickest way for the general public to get the news. However, those listening to the Mercury Theater's broadcast on Sunday, October 30, 1938 believed the world was in the throes of a Martian invasion.

Nobody was prepared for the havoc the show would cause when a voice announced: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells.”

After Welles' introduction, an announcer was heard to be delivering the weather when an announcer broke in to report that a man named Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory had detected explosions on Mars. From there, Martians arrived on earth and mounted war machines to decimate the earthlings.

As many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas. One woman ran into an Indianapolis church where evening services were being held and yelled, “New York has been destroyed! It's the end of the world! Go home and prepare to die!”

Welles reminded his listeners that the broadcast was indeed fiction and feared the controversy would ruin his career, but it actually helped him win a contract with RKO where he made the 1941 classic, Citizen Kane.

(Source | Photo)



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The homeowner and burglar who BOTH called 911

The homeowner and burglar who BOTH called 911
In December, 2012 in Springtown, Texas, James Gerow, his wife, and kids were asleep in their house on Lelon Lane when they realized that someone had broken into their home. Gerow grabbed his pistol and cornered the man near his truck parked in their driveway. After Gerrow asked him what his name was, the intruder, Christopher Lance Moore, dropped his keys, hopped in, locked the door and called 911 himself!

Gerow's wife also called 911 to report the incident and told dispatchers “Yeah, hurry, up now. He says my husband's fixing to shoot him.” Gerow blocked the intruder and asked one of his sons to point a shotgun at him.

After the police had taken Moore into custody, Gerow asked him what he was doing in the house. In front of investigators, Moore told Gerow that he “bad intentions.”

File under: Creepy. (Source | Photo)

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The marriage proposal that led to frantic 911 calls

The marriage proposal that led to frantic 911 calls
In May 2008, residents of Plattling, Germany flooded local law enforcement with reports of a fleet of extraterrestrial visitors from the Zeta Reticuli constellation passing overhead on their way to possibly dominate the earth. Was this the realWar of the Worlds, or the end of civilization as we know it? Well, not quite either. 

Gort or even E.T. were not to be found. The cause for the mass hysteria was, shall we say, a unique marriage proposal set up by a 29-year-old resident. The young man had released 50 tiny hot air balloons made of paper with little candles burning under them, in an attempt to get his girlfriend to say yes. The couple was found sitting by the Isar River when the local police found them. After informing the young man of the incident that his romantic gesture had prompted, the police left the couple without any further incident. The would-be bride apparently didn't mind that her future husband incited mass hysteria and said, “yes.” 

One little bit of advice for the groom –  don't ever take your wife to see the cult classic, I Married a Monster From Outer Space. (Source | Photo)



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The cop on weed who thought he was dying and called 911

The cop on weed who thought he was dying and called 911
Making the rounds on YouTube is this classic –  a cop called 911 in a panic after thinking he overdosed on pot brownies. He tells the dispatcher to please send “rescue,” and thinks that he and his wife are dying or have already died. He also tells the dispatcher “time is going really slowly.”

Listening to Edward Sanchez' pot brownie plea, you might feel a little stoned yourself!
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The EMTs who broke into a car to save a doll

The EMTs who broke into a car to save a doll
Summers on North America's east coast can get pretty hot. Add humidity to the mix and the discomfort factor goes way up. Every summer, an infant or animal is left baking in their car with the windows up, which often results in fatalities. 

In July 2014, after receiving numerous reports of a baby left inside of a locked vehicle EMTs in Hoboken, NJ were called to the scene to rescue an infant. They broke the drivers side window of the car to rescue the apparently lifeless child. 

The only problem? The baby was a doll. 

Kitty Miseles, the car's owner, left the doll wrapped in a blanket in the backseat. Police arrived after Miseles' brother parked the car and a passerby called 911 about an infant in danger. Miseles described what happened next: "When he came out, there were the cops and the ambulance and they broke the window thinking that there was a baby in danger, but it wasn't a baby, it was a doll.” 



Thomas Molta, head of Hoboken's Volunteer Ambulance Corp, defended the EMT's actions, saying, "Time is paramount. That's the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing, pulse, no pulse."

I wonder who's going to pay for Kitty's window? (Source |Photo)

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The toy tiger that prompted a 911 call

The toy tiger that prompted a 911 call
n May 2015, reports of a tiger tied to the top of a moving vehicle generated a stir and a 911 call in Camas, Washington. 

Connor Zuvich was hanging out at Lacamas Lake with some friends when he spotted a giant, stuffed tiger. He picked up the tiger and tied it to the top of his SUV. Later that day, Camas police were sent to investigate an "animal problem" on Leadbetter Road, where a police officer pulled over Zuvich. At first, the 19-year-old man thought he got pulled over for having something tied to his sports utility vehicle, but it turned out someone had called 911 believing thestuffed animal was a live Bengal tiger. After cracking jokes and taking pictures, Zuvich and the officer parted ways. He didn't blame the tiger narc and told the press, “The thing looked really realistic.”

Although it is illegal to keep large cats such as lions and tigers as pets in Washington, it's not illegal to keep a stuffed lion tied up on the roof of your vehicle. The tiger toy remains tied to the top of Zuvich's car. (Source | Photo)



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The 911 call for a pizza that became a public service announcement

The 911 call for a pizza that became a public service announcement
In 2014, a user by the name of “Crux1836” posted on Reddit, an answer to the topic “911 operators, what is one call that you would never forget?” Crux1836 published the following dialog: 

"911, where is your emergency?"
"123 Main St."
"Ok, what's going on there?"
"I'd like to order a pizza for delivery." 
"Ma'am, you've reached 911."
"Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom, and peppers?"
“Umm... I'm sorry, you know you've called 911 right?"
"Yeah, do you know how long it will be?"
"Ok, Ma'am, is everything ok over there? Do you have an emergency?"
"Yes, I do."
“ And you can't talk about it because there's someone in the room with you?" (moment of realization)
"Yes, that's correct. Do you know how long it will be?"
"I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?"
"Nope."
"Can you stay on the phone with me?"
"Nope. See you soon, thanks.”
As the emergency operator dispatched the call, he checked the address and found there were multiple previous domestic violence calls. An officer arrived shortly thereafter and found a female with numerous injuries and a drunk boyfriend. The man was arrested after the woman admitted to being beaten. 

In early 2015, No More, an organization that raises public awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault, used the dialog verbatim for their 30-second spot that aired during the Super Bowl. The dispatcher, Keith Weisinger, later said that he praised the caller for her ingenuity.
(Source | Photo)



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The pop star that called 911 on himself

The pop star that called 911 on himself
1980s pop star Boy George is no stranger to substance abuse. Two decades after a highly publicized battle with heroin addiction, the Culture Club singer called 911 to report a break-in at his New York apartment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, "The call was about a possible burglary. Police arrived and saw cocaine near a computer. They also recovered another larger quantity of cocaine at the same location." 

George was charged with cocaine possession, and falsely reporting a burglary. He performed community service at the New York Sanitation Department and later entered drug rehab. (Source | Photo)