911 flooded with new Christmas cellphone users

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We previously had no doubt as to the boundless limits of human stupidity, but we're feeling pretty refreshed about all that now: apparently thousands of people on Christmas morning wake up to new cellphones and want to test it out, so they call the first number that comes to mind: 911 (what, 411 or 611 or moviefone wasn't good enough?). Apparently Californian emergency call centers on Christmas day have as much as a 50% non-emergency rate of callers just hanging up or saying "I'm just testing out my cell phone." We wish we were making this up.

[Via MGN]