Southern California Fires

I spotted this on one of my favorite web sites, "Snopes" -- the Urban Legends Reference Pages, and they were gracious enough to let me run it here.

As we sat glued to television news coverage of the recent Malibu fire on the morning of Saturday, 24 November, 2007 to see if our area was in danger (fortunately, winds blew the conflagration away from us and towards the ocean), one or more of these factors* produced some rather amusing (and risqué) captioning.

As a reporter from Los Angeles' KABC-TV was explaining how important it is for residents to evacuate fire areas when asked to do so because such prompt compliance allows firefighters to deal with just the fire and not also with "people in the middle of the road evacuating," the captioning (as shown in the still frame) reflected a distinctly different climax to that statement:

(For the visually impaired, the caption reads: "FIREFIGHTERS TO DEAL WITH NOT JUST THE FIRE WITH PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD EJACULATING.")

* See Snopes' original posting for a discussion of how and why the slip-up occurred: Malibu Fire Closed Captioning.

Text and photo ©2007 Urban Legends Reference Pages, by David P. Mikkelson, reprinted with permission.

Posted December 5, 2007

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