The Telephone Game (or, The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire!)

“Fire is the most tolerable third party. ”
~Henry David Thoreau


Yesterday a small museum on campus currently being renovated defied the odds and physics when a supposedly inflammable material caught fire.  No one was hurt and the area in question was basically a construction site so no collections were even in the area to be damaged.  All in all, a hugely surprising but manageable emergency.  What followed, based on communication from concerned citizens:

“The museum is on fire!”
“Thank you, we’ve got first responders on the way.”

“Did you guys know the museum is on fire?!”
“Yes, we’re responding now.”

“My daughter just called me and told me the university was on fire!”
“No, sir, just one building and it’s been contained.”

“OMG I just saw on Twitter that the university has burned down, are classes cancelled?!”
“You’ll need to talk to your professors but I’m going to go out on a limb and say not a chance.”

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