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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Must Scream TV

posted by Jazz at 10/19/2004 07:27:00 AM

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From the land of the strange, CNN reports that a man who purchased a new flat screen TV found out the hard way that his set was emitting an international distress signal. Local police, civil air patrol, and search and rescue workers converged on the Chris van Rossmann's apartment looking for the source of the signal.

"Authorities had expected to find a boat or small plane with a malfunctioning transponder, the usual culprit in such incidents, emitting the 121.5 MHz frequency of the distress signal used internationally. Van Rossmann said he was told to keep his TV off to avoid paying a $10,000 fine for "willingly broadcasting a false distress signal."

In a rather nice touch, the manufacturer of the television offered to give him a new one for free.