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[–]botlimbu 956 points957 points  (63 children)

[–]LoLz14 623 points624 points  (46 children)

My eyes hurt from that moving sign

[–]pastelrazzi 710 points711 points  (36 children)

There's a light blue streak across my vision after trying to read it.

[–]Westergo 761 points762 points  (19 children)

The light blue streak is now highlighting reddit comments that I choose to read!

[–]stalactose 341 points342 points  (4 children)

holy shit, I audibly gasped when I read your comment because I didn't see the streak until I read your words

[–]Thefriendlyfaceplant 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Guys guys, are we sure it isn't actually a white and golden streak?

[–]i_give_you_gum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nope, I think it's blue or maybe black

[–]Skovich 130 points131 points  (2 children)

GET OUT OF MY HEAD CHARLES

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Who needs reddit gold

[–]Kimqwerty 21 points22 points  (1 child)

My head was tilted when watching it, the blue streak does not align to anything. Help.

[–]avatar28 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Tilt your head again. It will line up.

[–]redditor9000 27 points28 points  (1 child)

wooooaaaaahhhhhhh duuuuuuuuude

[–]bigbowlowrong 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is fucking trippy

[–]john_darc 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I laughed so hard at this because I thought exactly the same.

[–]pornisahellofadrug 13 points14 points  (0 children)

My thought process when I read this:

Huh, he’s right.

...How did he know? Wait, did he change the color of his comment with Reddit magic I don’t know about? Am I an unsuspecting victim to some devious trickery? ...You brilliant wizard, /u/westergo, you.

scrolls down

Huh, he’s right.

[–]TheDonFather 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get out of my head?!

[–][deleted] 32 points33 points  (0 children)

goddamnit reddit stop hacking my brain

[–]beamingontheinside 46 points47 points  (9 children)

Me too, i also see a light blue stripe

[–]Mudsnail 20 points21 points  (4 children)

Me too! thats weird.

[–]Pluvialis 40 points41 points  (3 children)

It's not weird - we all just spent like a minute staring at a red bar. The cone cells in our eyes that respond to red spent that whole time signalling and got tired. Now a lot of them are taking a quick rest, so our brain gets the other cones signalling for the white screen but not the red, a signal which it understands to be cyan.

[–]InShortSight 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Just because you can explain it all well and good doesn't make it not weird.

[–]fillasaufical 1 point2 points  (0 children)

FKN LAWL! lmao!

[–]barredman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, cool and all, but definitely weird.

[–]drylube 6 points7 points  (2 children)

looks black and blue to me

[–]Potato_Soup_ 11 points12 points  (1 child)

White and gold to me

[–]oranurpianist 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This dress shit was closer to starting WWIII than any missile theat

[–]TheStabbyCyclist 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Holy shit. That fucking blue streak.

Maybe that's the real attack.

[–]afdsadf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was watching it with my head at an angle and mine's about 15 degrees off-axis

[–]MonaganX 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Here's another example of this phenomenon.

Since the video's kind of vague, I'll give my own shot at an explanation, but I'm not a lightologist so this may be a bit off in places:

Your eye has three types of cones that are stimulated by certain wavelengths of light. When the same area of cones is exposed to the same kind of light for a certain amount of time - for example, when you try to read the text on a bright red band and don't move your eyes much - the ones being stimulated become fatigued and stop responding to stimuli. If you look at something else right afterwards - such as mostly white website - the fatigued cones will barely react, but the cones next to them, which were not stimulated and are still active, will work as normal. So if you looked at a red band and your red cones are fatigued, you end up with a blue-greenish afterimage as you can temporarily only perceive the wavelengths that appear blue and green to you, but not the red ones. Your eye essentially "filters out" the color it was overexposed to - and white minus red is blue/green.

[–]pieordeath 63 points64 points  (4 children)

Holy shit... no joke... when I heard it was read aloud I stopped even trying to read that shit... my brain actually hurt trying to read it.

They've got some work to do...

[–]maxamis007 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I think it was just the recording that made it look like that

[–]pieordeath 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I really hope so because if that was the real deal it's pretty sorry...

[–]BuryAnut 10 points11 points  (0 children)

"damn this blue streak is annoying, but it's ok, the missile will clear it all up"

[–]_Serene_ 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Damn, that's scary. Thanks for the mirror, looks like the Twitter clip is deleted/taken down. Or blocked in my country for whatever reason, after taking a further look.

[–]OldAccountNotUsable 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It was removed because it has English Premier League footage. That is a big no-no.

[–]Mako18 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Serious question, what's up with the advice to pull to the side of the road if you're driving? Assuming you're near a major city (i.e. a likely target), you know that you basically need to drive away from the downtown area. Even if you only had 10 minutes, that could put you 10+ miles further from the blast epicenter which could easily be the difference between being vaporized, and surviving.

[–]NotYouDude 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Probably because you're more likely to die in a car crash because (in most normal cases) the bomb/missile isn't going to hit you specifically.

In most historical conflicts, entire cities are rarely destroyed all in one attack. Only really with nukes.

[–]profossi 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Driving away from population centers would surely be the best action to take, assuming unlimited road capacity. In the real world you'd just get stuck in a traffic jam the like of which the world has never seen. While the bombs fall and fallout settles.

[–]Klexal 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not to mention that it would take minutes for the ICBM to hit - how far can you really travel in that amount of time?

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Who's the hot asian looking player in white?

edit: it's Son Heung-min

[–]OhLenny 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Son Heung-min

[–]NewaccountWoo 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Well you know it's not real because it doesn't sound like its been run through a shower and microphone underwater.

Any legitimate warning you would be completely unable to understand. At least according to the drills.

[–]BQORBUST 363 points364 points  (12 children)

I'm seeing a blue line after staring at that red banner. Pretty neat

[–]TryonB 82 points83 points  (4 children)

Can't unsee. Literally, get this shit off my eyes!

[–]Rrdro 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Ok

[–]TryonB 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Thanks, it's gone now

[–]_PaperFish_ 22 points23 points  (0 children)

It's funny because I just noticed the same thing as I read your comment. Your comment and every reply I read were highlighted blue for me.

[–]Rad-atouille 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I'm trippin out man!!

[–]Binsky89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This happens to me all day long. It's super annoying.

[–]shanko 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wtf I thought I was high or something

[–]Ironic_Name_598 264 points265 points  (23 children)

Does anyone else find it hilarious that their warning alert is a small ticker across the screen. Gotta get the nuke warning out but don't want to completely interrupt the show.

[–]feralstank 68 points69 points  (3 children)

That was my thought as well.

If a nuclear warhead were about to touch down in my state I would sure as fuck want to be warned by more than just a scroll-bar. I'm not entirely sure how much help it would be, but it would certainly get me away from any windows.

[–]Rusty-Shackleford 8 points9 points  (1 child)

and what if you were on the toilet when that happened? You just go back to your game, like nothing happened while you hear your neighbors screaming?

[–]craigtheman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And into a refrigerator.

[–]HookLineNStinker 33 points34 points  (3 children)

That's not even the part that worries me. How long was that alert? 20 seconds? If I'm refilling my drink or take a pee and miss it? Guess tough luck for me. Why would they not fully interupt all broadcasts for the duration of the potential nuclear threat? Crazy pills.

[–]bigchuck 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Personally, I would want to get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

[–]flying_ina_metaltube 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure it's on a loop.

[–]PaperSauce 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The alert plays multiple times, we also have the same thing for hurricanes and tsunamis.

Still though, wasn't enough to wake me up until my girlfriend woke me up a few minutes into the alert.

[–]surprisedropbears 10 points11 points  (11 children)

Why don't they have an actual human record the message, so it is actually clearly understood?

I don't see the point of a robotic message.

[–]latino_20 20 points21 points  (5 children)

My guess would be similar to why some tornado sirens sound odd or abnormal, its to grab your attention

it's because if you hear a regular siren you might miss it because youll think its a cop or something and it will become background noise, but when it sounds like the video above, it will immediately grab your attention

If you were to hear a human voice talking about something like that most people might not even listen because they would think its a TV show or radio or something like that but when you hear a robotic voice start talking that's not normal and it will automatically catch your attention.

This is just my theory of course, i could be super wrong

[–]MyNameSuckses 11 points12 points  (2 children)

That tornado siren is actually the creepiest thing I've seen/heard in a while.

[–]gmacWV 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You unlock this door with the key of imagination.

Beyond it is another dimension.

A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight.

A dimension of mind.

You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.

You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

[–]Taktika420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Holy fuck that siren was terrifying

[–]Ballistica 200 points201 points  (12 children)

What if there was a missile from some super secret clandestine organisation and some spy thwarted their plans last second.

[–]one_why 83 points84 points  (5 children)

You mean like North Korea and the US Military?

[–]chandlerj333 19 points20 points  (2 children)

plot twist, the missile was the US's and the spy was Korean

[–]ManIWantAName 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Shit Johnson, they're on to us.

[–]The_Alex_ 13 points14 points  (1 child)

With all the movies that end with the general public having no idea that they were seconds away from complete extinction, you gotta wonder if any of it happens in reality.

[–]Praline1322 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read somewhere from a reliable source it happens more often than you'd like to know. Biological threats, weapons stopped at the border, homegrown terrorism.. It's pretty scary, but what can you do?

[–]keitarofujiwara 363 points364 points  (74 children)

If systems for issuing such alarms can have an "accidentally pressed the button" type of mishap then it's either a shit system or it's bullshit and something's up. Because that's like saying that someone in some super secret underground bunker accidentally spilled some coffee on laptop and launched a nuke. Don't these decisions go through filters that make absolutely sure that the information is correct?

[–]163145164150 173 points174 points  (12 children)

Just spitballing but I would think that there are few filters by design to maximize the time people have to seek shelter.

[–]Sloppysloppyjoe 31 points32 points  (0 children)

guy on msnbc said it's a 7 step verification process

[–]TreeBaron 47 points48 points  (10 children)

Are you sure you'd like to send this alert to millions of people warning them of their impending doom? Y/N

The second it takes to hit yes isn't costing any lives, and it's more likely to save people from say, having a heart attack when they hear a missile is inbound when it isn't really. This came from a poorly designed system for sure.

[–]SweetTeef 42 points43 points  (8 children)

Just to be nitpicky, can you really guarantee that an extra second couldn't save lives? What if someone is listening to the radio (and would hear the alert) one second but turns the radio off the next? That's just one of many scenarios where a second could actually matter.

[–]jeff744 35 points36 points  (7 children)

Officials said the alert was the result of human error and not the work of hackers or a foreign government. The mistake occurred during a shift-change drill that takes place three times a day at the emergency command post, according to Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the agency. He said a new procedure was put in place hours after the mistake requiring two-step authentication before any such alert is sent out.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/us/hawaii-missile.html

They probably assumed that the fact there would be several stages to get to a launch could act as the check and forgot that the drill would go through all but one (the launch) of those stages.

[–]goatonastik 8 points9 points  (6 children)

It's nice that they choose the missile scenario instead of say, I don't know, a hurricane or something less panic inducing.

[–]jeff744 3 points4 points  (5 children)

They never planned for a mistake and they would likely have picked it since it's an excellent example of an extremely time sensitive event to use for a test.

[–]Bambikins 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Maybe it was a domino effect sort of thing where one person "press the button" and everyone else in similar positions who can call the shots when it comes to emergency situations flipped their shit thinking it was real?

[–]big-medicine- 9 points10 points  (6 children)

That is the reaction of me and the other person with me. It seems laughable this is possible with the push of a button. And more likely something is up.

However this did happen.

The short of it is: a dropped hand tool caused the rocket fuel to blow up inside a nuclear missle silo almost launching a 9 megaton nuclear weapon into the heartland of America.

Awesome podcast I learned this from. Human Error In Volatile Situations by This American Life.

Oh fuck. Also this.

In 1983 a hero by the name of Stanislav Petrov averted nuclear war with a cool head. His soviet early warning system read “incoming missile” and mutually assured destruction meant they needed to attack in full before they possibly lost their capabilities to retaliate.

[–]Klexal 3 points4 points  (1 child)

In 1983 a hero by the name of Stanislav Petrov alerted nuclear war with a cool head

I'm guessing you meant "averted nuclear war"

[–]one_why 69 points70 points  (24 children)

Here's a crazy thought: there actually was a missile, and we shot it down.

[–]Dr_fish 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Is there any evidence, like literally any corroborating evidence of a missile or a anti-missile response at all? I'm sure it sounds cool to think something like that happened, but that would be some serious shit that would not go unnoticed.

[–]one_why 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Probably not, because this was definitely just an error like the news report is saying.

I'm just having a bit of fun fantasizing James Bond stories.

[–]CommanderGoat 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Pretty sure if we shot a down a missile Trump's twitter feed would let us know by congratulating himself nonstop.

[–]Soundteq 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe it was a monster about to attack but we killed it before it got to us

[–]NotYouDude 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think we'd be at war if that were true. Something would have been blown up.

[–]SgtSnapple 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If it is anything other than what their saying, I think a much more reasonable scenario would be a test of reactions and preparedness to a short term alert. See what it might look like.

[–]WAslap 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm sure the "launch nuke" button has a few more steps than the "we're under attack" button.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

They probably put more attention into making sure it goes through when it needs to. Having a few scared people is better than a lot of dead people.

[–]flappers87 100 points101 points  (8 children)

Jesus christ, if I saw that on TV, I would fucking shit myself.

I feel so sorry for the people there, fuck...

[–]Mayo_felatio 89 points90 points  (6 children)

And what annoys me, so many people are just cracking jokes about the guy who put his kids into a sewer drain to protect them.

If you had a family in Hawaii and saw that message on TV, you would freak the fuck out to!

[–]bornabastard 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Thank you. I live here and would never have thought to shelter in one of the few “hardened” structures that actually exist on island with mostly single wall construction. I am luck to live on one of the islands with a low population density and a low likelihood of being struck. He was clearly on Oahu. That man thought on his feet and was trying to ensure the survival of his children to the best of his ability. I doubt half of the people cracking jokes would have reacted in a manner that left anything other than shit in their pants.

[–]Yes_roundabout 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Accuracy of NK weapons is probably not nearly as exact as others, during the cold war Soviets made up for bad accuracy by simply tripling the power of the weapon. Kim could aim for Honolulu and accidentally hit square on top of your house due to relatively bad accuracy of not well tested targeting mechanisms.

[–]hottodogchan 13 points14 points  (1 child)

that guy was being a good dad!

[–]Herald_of_Nzoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shit, haven't heard that one, but, props to that guy, I'm not sure how effective it was but god damn he took it seriously like you need to.

[–]Wes___Mantooth 179 points180 points  (94 children)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LRF2-d2CjM

Family putting their kids into storm drain to survive a the missile.

EDIT: changed to mirror provided below by /u/pilvy

[–]debestenaar1 254 points255 points  (70 children)

That caption with 'wtf' is the reason why some people survive and some won't. Never take such a thing lightly, do everything in your power to make sure you and others around you are safe. If this were a real attack the filmer would be dead and the dad and his kids will be safe and sound underground.

[–]Richardrollins 59 points60 points  (14 children)

Until a possible water surge comes and drowns them after a huge bomb hits right off the coast.... Luckily they're nowhere near the coast in Hawaii

[–]BristolShambler 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Or until the shockwave collapses the drain

[–]acomputer1 45 points46 points  (1 child)

If it collapses the drain any other structures in the area likely will be collapsed, and of you're outside then you're going to get fucked by the radiation coming off the nuke. The drain probably is the safest place.

[–]twisted_by_design 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Or even in the false alarm they are overcome by a gas thats in the drain and die, do not enter confined space unless you have a gas tester to test the quality of the air. They directly put their kids in danger just by putting them in the drain.

[–]official_dogma 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Chance of gas VS nukes - Im going with gas.

They did not know it was a false alarm.

[–]vincidahk 7 points8 points  (1 child)

overcome by a gas thats in the drain and die

that's why the kids went in first.

[–]orbit101 4 points5 points  (0 children)

For real. The asphyxiate quicker providing the adults with ample warning in the case of gas. Truly god's little miracles.

[–]cptzaprowsdower 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Ya but it wasn't a real attack, so the camera person just got a sweet video whilst some family got to hang out in a storm drain for 38 minutes.

[–]rigsthrowaway 12 points13 points  (0 children)

They thought it was. "This is not a drill"

[–]robolab-io 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is so sad. This is not a small matter. People's lives were endangered when that message was sent out. Why do we have buffoons running our lives?

[–]deflatingpikachu 8 points9 points  (0 children)

These will be the people who populate a Fallout-like world, with ghouls and shit

[–]Rrdro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I hope someone told them that it is safe to come out now.

[–]PurpEL 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Why the fuck have i seen this twice now. A link to twitter with a link to the actual video

[–]Wes___Mantooth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It wasn't like that when I posted this originally. It used to be directly to a tweet with the video.

[–]iLEZ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tunnel snakes rule!

[–]greensthecolor 42 points43 points  (5 children)

So my brother happens to be in Hawaii for work this week. He rarely has to travel. My dad called me around 130 today and said hey your brother got a false alarm on his phone that they were under a missile attack and he left you a message basically saying goodbye. Sooo, this afternoon I got a voicemail from my brother that I haven't listened to yet. I don't think I want to. Apparently he called his wife and my parents and me in a panic. I mean, the alert said 'this is not a drill'! I can't imagine - the poor guy :(

[–]codyjohnle 19 points20 points  (1 child)

i would ask him if it's ok to delete it and then delete it. if you have a good relationship with him currently, it's not gonna get better by listening.

[–]surprisedropbears 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Nah man! There could be some juicy shit on that.

"ILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR STEALING MY LEGO. I PISSED IN YOUR MILK EVERY MORNING FOR A YEAR! sobs I just want KFC before I go"

[–]hottodogchan 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I'd listen to it for a good cry. a real good cry. call him back and tell him how much you love him.

[–]helpmesummonerschool 12 points13 points  (0 children)

"I'm so sorry to tell you but I used your toothbrush as an asshole scratcher for years... goodbye love you."

[–]Gnarwhalz 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Life as we know it may come to an explosive halt on Hawaii, and perhaps the entirety of the United States, but Heaven forbid we interrupt that Progressive commercial!

[–]Bosticles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Literally the only good part of the apocalypse will be the lack of commercials. If I get killed on the front end of the apocalypse and it happens to the sound of a fucking commercial I will claw my way back from the after life and haunt the shit out of every advertiser I can find.

[–]clerksfanboy 61 points62 points  (12 children)

that's headache inducing.

EDIT: I did mean the text, wow it was tough to keep reading without getting a migraine.

[–]TheAddiction2 68 points69 points  (11 children)

That's the point. There's no way that thing can be playing in an average house and not immediately, completely control everyone's attention.

[–]HerrDoom 64 points65 points  (1 child)

I think he meant it more like "it's hard to read and hurts my brain"
..atleast that's how I see it...

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Seriously this really shows how shitty 30fps is

[–]Killen4money 54 points55 points  (8 children)

I think they were talking about the actual readability and of it

whoever decided to use a thin serif font on a strong red background for an EMERGENCY warning that has moving text was clearly not thinking.

Readability could easily be fixed by making the text a bold sans serif font.

[–]EyeSightToBlind 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Not sure why it's a scrolling message too. They should just show all the text on screen and then scroll up a few lines (like star wars) if they run out of room.

I think it's the same with Amber alerts too

[–]A7JC 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Seriously you don't want to interrupt the soccer broadcast in the event of nuclear attack?

[–]ObsiArmyBest 7 points8 points  (1 child)

We don't have that technology yet

[–]brewkro 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If there's a news broadcast etc the graphics could actually show some useful hints of parts of an area more likely to be effected etc.

It also gives a chance for broadcasters to put information up as it comes up as info graphics.

[–]PaidShillaryBot 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Holy shit it sounds just like the start of one of those apocalypse movies.

[–]latino_20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Allegedly this video was released by a CNN intern claiming this is the "doomsday video" that CNN would air if we were about to be attacked by a nuclear missile or some other doomsday scenario. Pretty eerie, imagine this would be the last thing you hear

Also i always thought that this simulation was pretty creepy too

[–]bmlbytes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's not just the phones and the TVs, it was the entire system. My sister lives on the big island, and was driving when the alert came over the radio at the same time as her phone. She and her friends stopped on the road and laid down by a berm.

There was a comment in another reddit thread saying that where they were in Hawaii, the civil defense sirens went off too.

Another thread mentioned that the police were in the streets instructing people to go inside.

This was a full on emergency to the people in Hawaii.

[–]ryanobes 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Damn. Wonder how many pants were shit in.

[–]Ayatollah_Bahloni 15 points16 points  (2 children)

The popcorn you're eating has been pissed in, film at 11.

[–]Toledojoe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'll always upvote a Kentucky Fried Movie reference.

[–]mrsuns10 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When I make this reference, no one ever gets it

[–]Gazorpazorp723 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Considering many people including me woke up to this, Id say a lot.

[–]EgoPhoenix 19 points20 points  (3 children)

That's fucking terrifying...

[–]desertravenwy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'd be too busy shitting myself and wondering why they're still showing soccer to be able to find shelter.

[–]DanW280 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That seems like a bit of overreaction just because someone had an accy on both teams to score in the first half

[–]MickDaster 17 points18 points  (3 children)

a cracking game from spurs tho!

[–]waitey 6 points7 points  (2 children)

harry. kane.

[–]impossiber 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I don't watch soccer usually, but I was sick today so I watched the game. Is Son always that good? Kane seemed really impressive, but Son had that great finesse to his game.

[–]waitey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Son is also crazy good

[–]mktical 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I've been drinking and had to look down at the score which had solid font to make sure it wasn't me

[–]Dangly_Parts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Man, that's some haunting shit to see. Imagine seeing that live without knowing it was an error.

[–]thisisfats 4 points5 points  (0 children)

At least it happened at half time.

[–]distantlistener 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If there's a missile coming to destroy the surroundings at which I'm watching your TV program, maybe have your warning interrupt your program and fill the entire screen. Do I need to be paying any attention to anything other than getting the message and beatin' feet to a shelter? C'mon, NBC!

[–]ImAMercat 22 points23 points  (29 children)

Wtf. This was an accident or this was from keep calm chive on? I keep seeing diff posts about this missile

[–]LB-2187 58 points59 points  (27 children)

Newer articles say that an employee accidentally pushed the wrong button. Boy would I hate to be that guy right now...

[–]filolif 72 points73 points  (22 children)

That's a massive fuckup. When people start associating "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" with false alarm then you may as well toss the whole alarm system.

[–]ImAMercat 17 points18 points  (18 children)

I know. That’s why it’s wtf. Like, how was that an accident is filing a missile at Hawaii right next to “send common message?” Who engineered this thing?

[–]Rad-atouille 18 points19 points  (17 children)

I almost feel like it was on purpose so they could test how a population would react to such a threat.

[–]sagerobot 24 points25 points  (12 children)

This, I think this was a planned thing. They want to see what people do in the first few min. Im sure this "Accident" will be well investigated by the various agencies we have in the states and they are going to have learned a lot from this. I think we are pointed twards north korea right now and they are guaging the public response.

Another quite alarming theory I have is this is actually a hacker who got into the USA missile defense system and they are blaming an accident in order to hide just how bad it is.

Anyways its fun to speculate, hopefully some more concrete information comes out so we can figure out whats really going on.

[–]TreeBaron 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Let's hope this wasn't some cockamamie test ordered because the president is itching for a war with North Korea and a general wanted to see what people would do if shit went down. Realistically though, yeah that seems like something they'd do, but it's equally plausible it was an accident. Conspiracy theories often attempt to show that a chaotic event actually occurred on purpose and thus brings comfort to people, but reality can be chaotic.

[–]ImAMercat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or to distract

[–]ImAMercat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You may be onto something. They could be monitoring the analytics so they can prepare.

[–]WAslap 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Good thing you aren't in emergency management. Human error is very prevalent in all things.

[–]PaidShillaryBot 19 points20 points  (2 children)

How is there just one button? Even my weedwacker requires you to press two buttons so you don't start it by accident.

[–]poppajay 14 points15 points  (1 child)

So, a single button simultaneously activates warning messages over live tv as well as sending out texts to everyone and it's possible for an employee to accidentally press it?

Sure.

[–]occams--chainsaw 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"okay steve, if there were an actual missile and we needed to activate this, you'd do everything as i just demonstrated, with the final step being to push this big red but- STEVE NO"

[–]Yes_roundabout 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm shocked nobody died in some isolated bit of chaos..

Watch the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Shelter"... Seriously.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's pretty obvious by the video it couldn't have just been a accident pressing "the wrong button". According to the warning they would have button press or enter specific information.. -not a drill -area effected -nature of threat -time of threat -response to threat etc

guessing they got hacked and don't want to admit it

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (15 children)

[–]icyflakes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Melbourne just installed these and ran their first test a couple weeks ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZptmEJoBl7I

[–]Dtnoip30 5 points6 points  (2 children)

An actual missile warning from Japan when a North Korean missile flew over. All the different systems they have for warning is pretty interesting.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's nice that they communicate what is fucking going on though. Our bull shit was just ,"Seek cover." Like seriously, at least tell us who is going to kill us!

[–]SirSpitfire 3 points4 points  (1 child)

In France, every first wednesday of the month, siren drills happen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZduE8Mt5UP8

[–]greeeens 1 point2 points  (1 child)

We had a test alarm a couple weeks ago. I don't have a video of it but in Canada (atlantic canada at least) it is a big red box that takes up most of the screen and it plays the same sound saying "this is a test, if there were a real incident, instructions on how to take action would follow and be displayed on the screen" and it honestly it scared the shit out of me.

[–]mrsuns10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure mass hysteria was created because of this

[–]billydablob 1 point2 points  (5 children)

It’s been removed for me? Anyone got a mirror?

[–]pilvy 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Mirror was already provided 5 hours ago by /u/Wes___Mantooth, it's the very top comment.

Streamable Mirror

[–]billydablob 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Looked through the top comments, must’ve missed it 🤷‍♂️

[–]pilvy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've only just now noticed someone already linked it for you, my bad. Guess it is easily done!

[–]mesavemegame 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how long into the emergency banner it takes go actually get to the important information.

[–]GhettoPharmacist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

what if you dont speak or understand english?