In America, we dial 911 in the event of an emergency. But as we've already observed, a few folks in the US have a tough time understanding the "emergency" concept. While these dimwits call in to score a date or request math tutoring, the truly urgent calls must wait their turns. The 999 emergency dispatch number in Britain has the same problem, but their callers can be even more inane. Don't know today's date? Hurry up! Call a paramedic!