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Posted: 10/18/2004 9:45:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 9:46:26 AM EST by Greg3]
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CORVALLIS, OR-October 18, 2004 — It's the case of the TV that was calling for help.

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An Air Force search and rescue alert was trigged by Chris van Rossman's flatscreen Toshiba TV. It has a built-in VCR, DVD and CD player. And an undocumented feature that has authorities scratching their heads.

Some sort of electric glitch was causing van Rossman's TV to transmit on the international distress frequency. The signal was picked up by a satellite and relayed to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Virginia.

Van Rossman had no idea until airmen, deputies and Corvallis, Oregon, police were knocking on the door of his apartment. The errant signal was traced to his TV set.

Van Rossman was warned to keep the TV off or face a $10,000 fine for sending a false distress signal.

A spokeswoman for Toshiba says they've never heard of this sort of problem before. But the company is promising to give van Rossman a new TV.

(Copyright 2004 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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Link Posted: 10/18/2004 9:47:52 AM EST
HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA!!!



Reminds me of an episode of Southpark!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 9:50:26 AM EST
It's NOT paranoia if they REALLY ARE out to get you.


I bet this guy is still scanning the sky for black helicopters !

Link Posted: 10/18/2004 9:54:02 AM EST
That's enough to freak anyone out!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 9:59:07 AM EST
so how is he going to watch TV?
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 10:02:26 AM EST
I can only imagine the look on his face when he opened the door...

"Ummm...yeah?...is something the matter, Sir?"
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 10:03:32 AM EST
His first clue that his TV wasn't working right was that it only picked up shows like Emergency!, Rescue 9-1-1, and Lost!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 11:15:21 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 11:33:03 AM EST
Saw the report on Fox News just now. "Fines if he keeps turning on his TV." What a load!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 11:35:47 AM EST
Reminds me of the oil rig workers who stole an EPIRB but then accidentally set it off in their London flat. They were a bit embarassed when the authorities showed up.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 12:43:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:
Reminds me of the oil rig workers who stole an EPIRB but then accidentally set it off in their London flat. They were a bit embarassed when the authorities showed up.



Or the Boeing employees who stole a raft from a Boeing airplane and went riding down a river with it. Sheriff shows up due to the distress signal. Boeing subsequently fired their butts.

Link Posted: 10/18/2004 1:15:40 PM EST
I wonder if he can get enough tinfoil for both a hat and to shield the TV.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 1:43:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By Greg3:
Van Rossman was warned to keep the TV off or face a $10,000 fine for sending a false distress signal.



I'd tell them to go F' themselves and to stop landing helicopters on my roof.
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 10:40:48 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 10:48:25 AM EST
Sweet merciful christ. Someone double tap this thread in the face.....its comeback from the dead!
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 10:48:55 AM EST
ZOMBIE THREAD!
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 10:50:54 AM EST
Someone forgot the wooden stake and a hammer.
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 11:10:54 AM EST
Looks like it was The_Beer_Slayer's fault it's back.
Link Posted: 11/1/2004 12:58:50 PM EST
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