The Other I

May 22, 2011

The perfect crisis

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:26 pm

Last Saturday, the police in New Hampshire were called to attend a tiger on the loose spotted by a member of the public.  The police responded by sending the players in-doors from a near-by golf and delaying the Rose Bowl game at the local sports stadium.  Contingency plans were made to close the local motorway.

They  contacted animal experts at the local zoo and launched a helicopter with a thermal imaging camera.   Then a team of policemen equipped with tranquilizer darts stalked the area and located the tiger.

As they crouched looking at it, in a look of unblinking concentration, the tiger stared back at them.

The police called in the helicopter with the thermal imaging camera, which did not detect any heat coming from the animal.

That was when the tiger was caught up by the down draft created by the helicopter, and as it rolled in the wind, the police realized it was a life-size stuffed toy.

Personally, I offer this as a perfect crisis template.  If more of us – from family and friends to governments – engaged in crises like these, the world would be a happier place.  I myself am thinking of doing my bit to improve the world by dragging my rocking horse into the street this afternoon.

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