Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

False Alarm

W rang yesterday afternoon and said all the petrol stations were running out of petrol and we needed to fill up immediately if we didn't want to be stranded. "Here it comes," I thought, "The end of civilisation as we know it. Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm." I checked with the online news sites but there was nothing there and when six o'clock came round I did something I haven't done in months and switched on the TV News- first the national news from the BBC and then the local news from ITV- and they had nothing either. Shortly afterwards my mother's carer showed up and said she'd had the same call and had gone to fill up just in case and there was no queue at the pumps and no sign of anything being wrong.

Ailz suggests that someone who watches too many American movies had heard there was a shortage of gas (which is indeed the case), had taken this to mean petrol- and had sent out an alarm- and the misinformation had gathered colourful increments as it rolled from phone to phone.

So civilisation (if you can call it that) staggers on for one day longer...

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