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Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the take-my-are-you-in-danger-quiz dept.

Social Networks 380

definate writes "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12) found themselves trapped/lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, South Australia. The interesting point of this article that makes it Slashdot worthy, is that although the teenage girls had mobile phones, instead of calling for help using 000 (Australia's 911 number), they decided to notify people through Facebook. My guess is it was something along the lines of 'Jane Doe is like totally trapped in a stormwater drain, really need help, OMG!'. Luckily a young friend of the girls was online at the time and was able to call the proper authorities."

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Shame on you Facebook! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351441)

The girls were eligible for a Darwin Award and you took it away from them!

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (3, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351641)

New clause to be added to Facebook TOS:

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, please add "911 Emergency Response" as a friend, then write a simple wall posting describing the nature of your emergency. Help will be dispatched immediately.

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (5, Funny)

IcyNeko (891749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351821)

Do you want to be a fan of "911 Emergency Response"?
[Yes] [No]

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (1)

Techman83 (949264) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352017)

Wouldn't work to well in Australia... 000 is our emergency number.

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352051)

AC likes this.

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352123)

If I've learned anything from Idiocracy it's that technology ultimately gets in Darwin's way.

Re:Shame on you Facebook! (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352237)

This is what happens when you mess with natural evolution.

Coverage in the stormdrain? (4, Insightful)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351455)

get me to australia!

Re:Coverage in the stormdrain? (2, Funny)

Knara (9377) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352189)

Yeah, no crap.

Re:Coverage in the stormdrain? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352199)

That's in the sanitary sewers.

Teenagers? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351467)

"Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12)..."

Teenagers just keep getting younger and younger these days.

Re:Teenagers? (2, Interesting)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351611)

But the real mystery is how they could have gotten lost in a storm drain. Did their parents "accidentally" flush them down the toilet? From the Wikipedia "Most storm sewers are provided with gratings or grids to prevent large objects from falling into the sewer system." It's a mystery that the article conveniently omits.

Re:Teenagers? (4, Interesting)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351781)

Maybe they pulled off the covers?

When I was a kid on my street there were two storm drains across the street from each other. We turned those things into pill boxes and shot waterguns at passing cars. There was also a pipe between them and we would go from one drain to the other, tons of fun.

Re:Teenagers? (3, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352151)

Want a balloon Georgie? They all float down here!

Re:Teenagers? (4, Interesting)

Techman83 (949264) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352171)

Older storm water drains in Australia are basically big open drains. In my home town (small country town in Victoria) they are about 5 or 6 metres wide and 2 metres deep, which on a day with heavy rain will fill up completely. I spent many many hours exploring them as a kid. Some areas are underground, but it wasn't too bad, being that it was a small town you could essentially just keep walking and you'd find another open section within a kilometre.

Re:Teenagers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352197)

Most, but not all. Not that long ago in Lexington, KY, a couple college students were swept (while stupidly trying to wade through a flooded street) into a larger storm drain and killed.

Re:Teenagers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351667)

Yeah, but they're still not legal...

Re:Teenagers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352413)

Well, imagine following story instead:

"Two illegals got accidentally trapped in the stormdrain. Afraid of calling the police for help, they contacted fellow illegals through online chat."

Re:Teenagers? Teenagers! (2, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351729)

"Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12)..."

Teenagers just keep getting younger and younger these days.

They're naught-teen and twain-teen, respectively. Where is the mystery here, gentlemen?

Re:Teenagers? (5, Insightful)

heritage727 (693099) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351863)

Well, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account. They have Facebook accounts. So they must be 13, and hence teenagers, even if they're only 10 and 12. Seems perfectly clear to me.

Re:Teenagers? (3, Funny)

yancey (136972) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352037)

Girls mature faster than boys. :-)

Re:Teenagers? (4, Funny)

dcollins (135727) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352149)

Overheard in a subway car...

Friend A: "My god, I can't believe I'm turning 20 tomorrow."

Friend B: "Yeah, man, double digits, wow."

Re:Teenagers? (1)

jbezorg (1263978) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352391)

Vigesimal?

Re:Teenagers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352153)

Looking for pics of teen girls just got 20% creepier.

Re:Teenagers? (2, Funny)

jbezorg (1263978) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352191)

Maybe they just couldn't muster the willpower to say "tween".

Stupid girls. (3, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351469)

Everyone knows that if you need to call for rescue, you use twitter.

Cry for help on Twitter (5, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351789)

Everyone knows that if you need to call for rescue, you use twitter.

"HELP ME! I am stuck and in real trouble and hurt real bad! I think my leg is broken, and I am losing a lot of blood. You can find me at"

Re:Cry for help on Twitter (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352147)

400 Character Fail :))

Re:Cry for help on Twitter (2, Funny)

rez_rat (1618) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352293)

Maybe she was dictating it?

Sad World (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351473)

These girls couldn't even dial for help themselve... sad.

Instead Of Getting Help (3, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351479)

They might have gotten 112,076 "fans of teenage girls trapped in wells."

Re:Instead Of Getting Help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352231)

The fools! Why did they give up and Facebook for help when One-Eyed Willie's treasure was just waiting to be found?!?

Actually... (5, Interesting)

machinelou (1119861) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351483)

Actually, my wife was stuck in an elevator once and while her cellphone couldn't maintain a signal well enough to call out, she could text and email.

Re:Actually... (4, Funny)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351535)

That's nothing. I was trapped in a lift once. I had to wait 15 years for mobile phones to be developed and deployed before I could call for help.

Re:Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351607)

That's nothing. I was trapped in a lift once. I had to wait 15 years for mobile phones to be developed and deployed before I could call for help.

It took forever, but I'm really glad my office building upgraded from lifts to elevators.

Re:Actually... (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351709)

That's nothing. I fell into an experimental cryogenics pod and was frozen for 1000 years, and had to wait for time travel to be developed, so that I could travel back in time and tell Matt Groening my life story, so he could make it into a popular cartoon series thus preventing a spacial anomaly that would have destroyed the alpha quadrant.

Re:Actually... (1)

IcyNeko (891749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351943)

That's nothing. A friend once convinced me that I needed to go somewhere with him in his modified stainless steel car that ended up getting us stranded in the future due to our vehicle being stolen by an old man, only to find myself back in the office of a soon-to-be-Vice President of the United States where I had to convince him to invent a superhighway of information, just so that I could preempt all of you by saying "First!" and "in b4 twitter hate".

Re:Actually... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352009)

that's nothing. i once found myself trapped in an increasingly dense cloud of gas, and had to wait 12 billion years for the sun and the planets to form, so i could hitch a ride on an asteroid to Tunguska and walk over the Alaska-Siberia ice bridge to get home.

Re:Actually... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352169)

That's nothing. Once I was stuck on a planet so primitive that the inhabitants thought digital watches and mobile phones are a good idea. And I'm still stuck.

Re:Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352261)

That's nothing. I'm stuck on a planet with a website called Slashdot that distracts my co-workers from their work.

I can believe it (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352013)

I've had similar instances. There are certain areas around town here where a call just doesn't work, but a text-message can get through in either direction (you get all the "missed calls" texts but no actual calls). In some cases I've had more luck with (super-slow) email than voice calls too.

Not too far-fetched (4, Insightful)

Sefi915 (580027) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351489)

My cell phone, with Sprint as a service, gets less than crappy reception inside my office. However, I have no problems getting and sending text messages quickly.

So it's not unthinkable to imagine that they had crap for voice reception but had no issues with a web connection, especially given that they were inside a storm drain.

Oh, and when did a ten-year-old and twelve-year-old become teenagers? (The answer: "not yet".)

13 is the first teen (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351497)

ten and twelve do not end in "teen"

Re:13 is the first teen (2, Funny)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352157)

ten and twelve do not end in "teen"

To the contrary, the tens through twelves do end in the teens.

Darwin (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351515)

Darwin at work, foiled by luck.

I AM STUCK BEHIND A KEYBOARD AND GLOWING RECTANGLE (1)

mantis2009 (1557343) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351519)

help please contact the proper authorities

Social Stupidity (1)

spiffydudex (1458363) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351521)

The lack of common sense is astounding. Why do I sense that this is becoming the norm the more social giants like Facebook, Twitter, and others gain more social power.

Or maybe its the fact that because of these social sites, peoples stupidity becomes more apparent.

Re:Social Stupidity (2, Insightful)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351721)

The lack of common sense is astounding.

Probably not as stupid as people assume. No where in the article was it mentioned that it was an emergency situation. They were lost in a place that they shouldn't have been, and probably just wanted some advice without drawing a lot of attention to themselves. Obviously using Facebook wasn't the wise move if they wanted to be discrete.

conservative (4, Insightful)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351527)

I will admit, silly as it may sound, contacting rescuers via messaging in a non-critical emergency situation may not be a bad idea. It's more friendly battery-wise, where you may not get a chance to recharge a cell phone (in the sewers, for instance); and it can be less ambiguous than speech and more easily reviewed (although all the OMGs and missing vowels might prove problematic.

Re:conservative (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352387)

I will admit, silly as it may sound, contacting rescuers via messaging in a non-critical emergency situation may not be a bad idea.

This assumes that the situation will remain stable. That is a big assumption to make - even for an adult. If you are a kid, you dial 911.

I might have done the same (1)

mdkess (1070356) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351541)

When I was young, my parents were terrified that I would prank call 911 (Canada's 911 number), so I don't know that I'd call 911 for anything short of immediate danger.

Re:I might have done the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351629)

Storm drains can fill up with water very quickly during a rain, so being stuck in one is worthy of a 911 call, especially if rain is coming in.

Re:I might have done the same (1)

Yamata no Orochi (1626135) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351633)

911 (Canada's 911 number)

Your parentheses clarification confuses me.

Re:I might have done the same (1)

Kompressor (595513) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351963)

Your confusion amuses me.

Re:I might have done the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351975)

Your amusement bores me.

Re:I might have done the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352105)

Your boredom amuses me.

Re:I might have done the same (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352253)

Your recursive remark recurses me.

Re:I might have done the same (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352389)

Your recursion inspires me.

Re:I might have done the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352205)

911 (Canada's 911 number)

Your parentheses clarification confuses me.

Obviously it's because 911 numbers in Canada come in bags. ;-P

Re:I might have done the same (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352065)

I would prank call 911 (Canada's 911 number)

I thought Canada's 911 number was 911-A

Re:I might have done the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352069)

My parents were so concerned I would prank call 911 that they never taught me the number. Worked well, until Dad had the heart attack and Mom fell down the stairs while running to the phone.

Call for help? (2, Interesting)

zmooc (33175) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351559)

So, what did they post exactly? I really doubt they actually called for help and I doubt even more they wouldn't have called 000 by themselves eventually. It's not like they were dying or something, they were just lost.

Overshadowing the fact (1)

quatin (1589389) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351609)

What were they doing in a storm water drain....?

Re:Overshadowing the fact (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351661)

Chasing storms while being thirsty, obviously.

Re:Overshadowing the fact (2, Interesting)

gregthebunny (1502041) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351679)

As kids, my friends and I used to play in the storm water drains by our houses all the time. They were about 10' tall, 15' wide, and 150' long. (They were basically under-passes for where the streams ran under the roads.) One could hardly get trapped unless there was an immediate flash flood.

Re:Overshadowing the fact (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351845)

Jesus those where huge, the ones we played in were I guess 4'x4x4. We weren't allowed to go anywhere near those if it might rain

Re:Overshadowing the fact (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352019)

Actually, with a storm drain like that, getting trapped isn't a likely scenario in a flash flood. I'd think getting flushed out into the maelstrom would be more likely. :)

Re:Overshadowing the fact (3, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351817)

What were they doing in a storm water drain....?

Searching for the Ninja Turtles, probably.

Re:Overshadowing the fact (2, Interesting)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351979)

Being kids.

Caves are cool. My friends and I used to go sledding in them in the winter. There was a runoff drain that ran under an entire golf course, probably about 300 yards long or so, and in the winter the bottom of it would ice up, so you could run your sled through it, in complete darkness and at great speed, with random 2 foot dropoffs as the pipes joined. Watch your head.

Every now and again, someone'd get hurt and end up in the hospital.

Kids do stupid stuff. It's part of being a kid.

I always played it safe - I wore my bike helmet. We also had someone go through first thing every day with a flashlight to make sure there were no obstacles, and he'd climb back up and give a report. Though generally by the time het got back half the kids were tired of waiting and went anyway. (grin)

Re:Overshadowing the fact (2, Interesting)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352001)

I should have clarified that to say "caves are cool, and a storm drain is a big cave that's unlikely to collapse".

Silly Silly Questions... (2, Insightful)

DiSKiLLeR (17651) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351723)

Sigh. The stupid stuff people keep asking over and over.

To me, teenager always meant 10 and up. I don't know. Maybe the definition is different in Australia. (I'm from Adelaide, too, btw, where this took place. Adelaide is a city of just over 1 million people.)

What were they doing in a storm drain? I don't know, exploring maybe? We've had stories about underground urban exploration on slashdot before, and there's many sites out there on it, such as caveclan. (http://www.caveclan.org/). Their site appears to be down atm but it was about the exploration of tunnels in Melbourne and around Australia.

And yeah, as others pointed out; perhaps their signal wasn't strong enough to call but they could text or get data.

Re:Silly Silly Questions... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351795)

To me, teenager always meant 10 and up. I don't know. Maybe the definition is different in Australia. (I'm from Adelaide, too, btw, where this took place. Adelaide is a city of just over 1 million people.)

Maybe, because in the U.S. "teenager" refers to 13-19 year olds. 10-12 year olds are sometimes called "tweens" (a bastardization of "between" - out of single digits, but not a teen yet), but never "teenagers".

Re:Silly Silly Questions... (5, Insightful)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351977)

To me, teenager always meant 10 and up.

"Or, as we say around here, zeroteen!"

To me, teenager always meant 13 to 19, because, y'know, those are the numbers that actually have *teen* in them.

What a leet address (1)

alex4point0 (179152) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351999)

TFA: Honeypot Road in Hackham? Locations don't get any more leet than that. (0_o) They probably used Facebook because they wanted friends to help them unfuck the situation, and not get sprung by the authorities / parents. Guilt and shame are interesting motivators, and it's against the law to enter drains - but they're not caged off for logistic and safety reasons. The CC encourage competent exploration of the urban environment, not this kind of shit. It doesn't look like it rained in Adelaide on Sunday night, but if they were panicking, this could have been worse. The parents should sue ... Eastman and Laird ;)

Re:Silly Silly Questions... (2, Insightful)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352319)

You're an odd duck, considering the term refers to the word 'teen' in the English word for the age in question. You'll notice that neither "ten" or "twelve" contain the ending that "thirteen" and "eighteen" do.

It seems fairly obvious to most people that "teen" means 13-19 (even though there's overlap in there with "adult" in some cultures). 'Tween' was invented by some moron to describe the pre-teen adolescent ages of approximately 10-12.

Wolfenstein (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352331)

What were they doing in a storm drain?

Clearly they were playing Wolfenstein RPG and decided the sewer system was the only way to reach the castle in time.

Re:Silly Silly Questions... (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352339)

When I was around their age, my friends and I would explore everything, including storm drains. We never went in far enough to get lost, though. Which was good, because it was way before cell phones. Our best chance for getting help might have been to climb up and wave our hands out of the sewer grate, and that might just have caused a zombie panic...except we didn't have those when I was a kid, either.

Facebook?!?! Why Facebook? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351785)

Everyone knows you should use Twitter for that... Duh.... :)

slightly off topic (-1, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351827)

one of the nice things about 911 is the 9 and the 1s are on different sides of the keypad, so if you call 911, you really mean to call it

so australian 000 (or british 999 or kiwi 111 for that matter) doesn't make any sense to me: are australian emergency services always being called by people with unlocked keypads in their pockets with loose change hitting the zero key?

are they always being pranked by toddlers reaching up and continuously tapping the closest button they can find or running around with their parents unlocked cell?

but then again, you antipodeans always did drive on the "wrong" side of the road too ;-)

000, 999 and 111 make perfect sense (2, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352059)

In the dark or in smoke it was a lot easier to keep your finger in a single digit on a rotary dial (once you'd found the right one obviously). The same probably applies to a lesser extent for touch tone phones. Its the american 911 system that I find odd , it just seems to be a number chosen at random or perhaps as a left over dial code.

good point (-1, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352245)

it would be easier to tap out a string of digits in an extreme situation with reduced mobility/ visibility

and it is valid to argue that such scenarios outweigh all of the fake unintended calls

as for why we use 911, it's because nostradamus was predicting 9/11, of course ;-)

Re:000, 999 and 111 make perfect sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352249)

they're hard to press accidentally (ie: a toddler with a telephone wouldn't type 911, but might just type 000, or 999 without issues).

Re:000, 999 and 111 make perfect sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352371)

911 does have one benefit, it's less likely for small children to dial than the same three digits. I'm sure this was much less of a problem in the days of rotary (and wall-mounted) phones, but with touch-tone phones it's a reality. Kids like buttons. Kids like buttons that beep. Kids are sneaky little monsters that will notice every time you leave something just barely within their reach that they can't have.

I know at about one my monster managed to hit 999 with a dial tone before we got the phone away from her. If it was the emergency number in this country, I believe they'd be obliged to respond with a police officer (and a stern lecture) even if we told them it was a misdial.

Re:slightly off topic (1)

piltdownman84 (853358) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352111)

Its well and good, but now that mobile phones have been regulated to have a mandatory "Emergency call" feature when locked. I can't even imagine how many false calls they get from this

What is scary is that my blackberry becomes pretty much useless without a battery pull after calling an 911. I'm guessing this is to let the user know when they have accidentally called 911, but its extremely annoying when you do call in a emergency and have your phone bricked afterwards.

Yikes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351839)

With the exception of possible poor signal strength for a phone call,
I fear for the future of my species.

Age requirement for Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351847)

Don't you need to be 13 to use facebook also.

Re:Age requirement for Facebook (3, Informative)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351869)

No, you just have to say you are.

You gotta love the IT Crowd (3, Funny)

goodEvans (112958) | more than 5 years ago | (#29351849)

Moss: Subject: Fire. Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to inform you of a fire that has broken out on the premises of 123 Cavendon Road... no, that's too formal.
[deletes text, starts again] Fire - exclamation mark - fire - exclamation mark - help me - exclamation mark. 123 Cavendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Maurice Moss.
[sigh of relief]

Re:You gotta love the IT Crowd (2, Funny)

Dr. Hok (702268) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352203)

Wouldn't it read more like this?
p0wn'd by f1re plz help 0x7B cavndn rd kthxbye

Better know facebook than 911 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29351889)

I may be getting old having 28 years old, but I can strongly remember my parents teaching me the several emergency numbers for police, firemens, etc (these numbers were short but different some years ago in France). And it was far before I was 10 or 12.

In vs. Out (1)

Crashspeeder (1468723) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352025)

Generally a pipe has two directions you can travel, in and out. Ignoring the fact that walking into a pipe is a terrible idea and probably doesn't smell like rainbows and sunshine, I find that should one feel they are "lost" in a drain they should generally travel in the opposite direction they had originally chose to travel in. Clearly things get a little hairier when you start making turns at junctions but in that case, you asked for it. In either case, they should not have been deprived of the Darwin Award.

No cell signal (2, Interesting)

whoda (569082) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352133)

They didn't have a cell signal and were leaching someone's wireles. Sounds good, right?

You'd be surprised how useful Facebook is. (2, Informative)

mckinnsb (984522) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352161)

Just yesterday I was stranded after a wedding (it was a good wedding), without a car or cell phone. Let's just say it was a hell of a time. Anyway, long story short, I wake up one morning in a hotel room without any contact information and I have to let my family know where I am - except they all just got a new iPhone, have changed their number, and I have yet to remember it.

Guess where one of those phone numbers was? Facebook. I found myself a public terminal in the hotel lobby and got all the information I needed to be reuinted with my car, phone, and the road.

It is actually quite useful.

Stupidity isn't limited to the Facebook Generation (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29352209)

My stepmother was alone in the house and fell, breaking her tailbone. She managed to painfully drag herself across the room to the phone, which she used not to call 911, but to call a friend of hers from church. When she got that person's machine, she left a message asking her friend to pray for her. She then lay on the floor moaning until my brother happened to stop by the house and discover her several hours later. I never found out whether or not her friend got the message and prayed for her.

--Posted anonymously because the stupid burns.

Australia's 911 number (5, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352273)

000 (Australia's 911 number)

WTF? 000 is Australia's EMERGENCY number. Would you also say "they drive on the left side of the road (Australia's right)"? In China thay use chopsticks (Chinese knives and forks)?".

There is a point at which explaining by Yankie analogies just makes it more confusing. Try to realise that everyone in the world does not speak English, play baseball, use Fahrenheit.... I'm sure most of the readers here actually can cope with that, and you won't bamboozle the ones who AREN'T American either.

Submitter fail (1)

Murpster (1274988) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352313)

10 and 12, teenagers? Uhm... not on this planet.

Unlike Space... (2, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352349)

...apparently everyone on the Internet can hear you when you scream.

Oh, and everyone will eventually find those naked pics too.

Remember the bits (1)

randomErr (172078) | more than 5 years ago | (#29352409)

There may have been one very good reason for using Facebook: bandwidth.

The girls may not have been able to get a enough bandwidth to make a voice call, but easily enough for an SMS or other message type. Voice has to be real-time and uses several kilobytes of data transfer per second. Data can take all day to send a 1k message to Facebook, Twitter, ect...

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