When I was about 12 we had a TV that had one "station" that had the picture of one channel and the sound of another. But our channels were all mixed up with the numbers so this station was the number on our TV of a real TV channel. Well we only HAD three channels then so sometimes if we got bored we would put it on this "station" and laugh ourselves silly at the combinations.
I remember one time watching some hot political debate going on where on pollie turned to the other and said "Betty! Your laundry's full of lemons!....etc" We laughed til the tears flowed down our legs.
BUT then we discovered that the taxi calls would come over it as well.
We didnt have a phone so Mum used to go next door to Mrs A's house and call a taxi from there and run back home where Dad would have the TV on the station and hear the call, then they would wait in the drive for the taxi. It was a bit of a novelty.
This one time Mum got home and Dad was there "They've called the taxi to the wrong address. I just heard it." so Mum ran back to Mrs A's place and made the call back to the taxi booking number.
Mum: "You've sent that taxi to the wrong address. You need to send it to xxxxxxxx!"
Taxi: "I beg your pardon madam? What seems to be the problem?"
Mum" "I just booked a taxi and you've sent it to xxxxxxx and you need to change it to xxxxxx"
Taxi: "Madam I am quite sure we know what we are doing here. Why do you think we have sent a taxi to the wrong address?"
Mum: "It came over the TV. It was on Channel 7. I just heard it"
Taxi: "We were on Channel 7? They reported we had the wrong address???!!!"
Mum: "Yes! You are on the TV. Now will you please send the taxi to xxxxxxxxx"
He didnt. He sent it to the first address... and when they finally sent it to our house Dad explained to the taxi driver just HOW we managed to hear the taxi calls. When the taxi's used to pick up Dad they would always laugh and joke "Did you hear the call Mr. R?"
One day we had the taxi ordered and the TV on and the call came over.... then "And you had better get straight out to the driveway Mr. R. The taxi is just around the corner from you."
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....