It is said that in the 1960s, a hoaxer once telegrammed this message to every member of the British Houses of Parliament: “The Police are watching. Act normal.”
… six of them immediately took flight.
Great story, huh? Those wacky Brits and their scandals, ha ha, that will show them by attacking them at their own guilt, right?
But is it true? I must admit, while I loved this story growing up, and used it in countless anecdotes since the 1980s, only recently did my “urban legends” alert flag raise. I looked all over the web, and even asked two librarians, and while I have seen this tale spun repeatedly (more or less the same way I just did), I have never seen a link, news article, or any fact that actually showed this might have really happened.
Can someone out there verify if this is truth or merely a hopeful legend? Don’t make me try this out on California delegates to see if it works…