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#1 inflating

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

How can this be true?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:28 AM

How can this be true?

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Surprisingly easily done. I have dialled 999 twice by accident.

On the first occassion, I was fitting a phone to a wall, and did not bother to unplug it. During the process I must have held the 9 key down.

A few minutes later I had a call from emergency services checking I was all right.

On the second, I dialed a normal number but a fault connected me to emergency services.

All the dog had to do was keep pressing the 9 (obviously) but if something was pressing on that particular button it would be only a matter of time before 999 is dialled.

Also, dogs have their own secret emergency number.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:32 AM

Surprisingly easily done. I have dialled 999 twice by accident.

On the first occassion, I was fitting a phone to a wall, and did not bother to unplug it. During the process I must have held the 9 key down.

A few minutes later I had a call from emergency services checking I was all right.

On the second, I dialed a normal number but a fault connected me to emergency services.

All the dog had to do was keep pressing the 9 (obviously) but if something was pressing on that particular button it would be only a matter of time before 999 is dialled.

Also, dogs have their own secret emergency number.


:) Oh but a big paw on a dog pressing accurately enough to hit 112 or 999? It's a bit unlikely. I tried to train a dog to press anything with his paw some years ago, it was impossible for him to be nimble enough to press less than 2 buttons at a time. There is just a slight chance, IMO, the dog dialled 112, but I really can't believe it

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:01 PM

:) Oh but a big paw on a dog pressing accurately enough to hit 112 or 999? It's a bit unlikely. I tried to train a dog to press anything with his paw some years ago, it was impossible for him to be nimble enough to press less than 2 buttons at a time. There is just a slight chance, IMO, the dog dialled 112, but I really can't believe it

Reminds me of the Simpsons - Homer puts on weight to qualify for workplace disability, but he has a heart attack at home and tries to ring 911 - his fingers are so fat he keeps mashing the keypad and ends up with the talking clock service.

911 is also an emergency number in the UK - dialled it a few months ago by mistake when accessing my answer service.

Anyway, funny quote from the article: "Lydia Brown, the daughter of George's owner, expressed equal amazement at the Basset's lifesaving feat, telling The Sun, "He's really dopey and just likes to chew socks.""

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:19 PM

911 is also an emergency number in the UK - dialled it a few months ago by mistake when accessing my answer service.


I never knew that - so the UK has now adopted the US's SOS number! In Poland, 999 also gets you all the emergency services - but you can reach an individual emergency service by dialling 997 etc.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:01 PM

I tried to train a dog to press anything with his paw some years ago


Why?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Why?


Because he preferred it to bark-activated dialling.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

Why?

To dial 999 in an emergency, of course.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:51 AM

Just to say the title of this thread alone had me laughing out loud in the coffee shop this morning

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

Can he predict this weeks lottery numbers too?

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

I always thought that any digit repeated 3 times will dial the emergency services - 111, 222, 333 etc.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

I always thought that any digit repeated 3 times will dial the emergency services - 111, 222, 333 etc.


That's not the case.

It's just 999 and 112 (possibly 911 now too) this is the reason you dial 9 for an outside line from your office.... 9999, 99999 or 99999999 etc etc if it's really serious and your just hitting that button in panick :D
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

:) Oh but a big paw on a dog pressing accurately enough to hit 112 or 999? It's a bit unlikely. I tried to train a dog to press anything with his paw some years ago, it was impossible for him to be nimble enough to press less than 2 buttons at a time. There is just a slight chance, IMO, the dog dialled 112, but I really can't believe it


Believe it or not my dog text me 3 times a day ;)
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:29 PM

I always thought that any digit repeated 3 times will dial the emergency services - 111, 222, 333 etc.


111 is the NHS non-emergency number. The others are potentially the first three digits of a local phone number.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:33 AM

Can he predict this weeks lottery numbers too?


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