Raise your hand if you talk to yourself occasionally. You can be totally honest here because nobody’s looking.
In fact, statistics say that if you are a self-talker, you’re actually in very good company. The website livescience.com reports that many people address themselves aloud multiple times a week — sometimes even hourly.
And according to researcher Gary Lupyan, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this common behavior may frequently improve human understanding and perception. So that’s certainly good news.
Now, here’s the bad news; put your hand down, because evidently, people might be paying more attention than we thought. At least, that’s what one astounded Pennsylvania woman recently discovered.
In fairness, the lady in question was hanging out on the side of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh. And she was, in fact, talking at a fairly standard volume — without a visible human being in the immediate vicinity.
That is until a North Versailles police officer pulled up in his patrol car out of nowhere. “You realize,” he informed the clearly stunned woman, “I got called for a crazy person talking to herself.”
At this point, various details began coming together in a fairly humorous way. Because it turns out concerned local citizens had literally called the cops on KDKA-TV news reporter Meghan Schiller.
Schiller had, in fact, been hosting a Facebook Live chat from the side of the road. Evidently, parts of municipal Route 30 had begun to buckle and slide toward the neighboring hillside, and her station just wanted to keep motorists informed.
So Schiller found herself in the embarrassing position of doing her job, making sensible use of social media — and yet being accused of total insanity. There was no word on the identity of the 911 caller(s).
Even worse, Schiller initially assumed the officer was merely kidding. So she proceeded with her report, until he emphasized that he was, in fact, on official business himself.
Fortunately, everything worked out just fine. Schiller expressed her amusement on-camera, and the chuckling officer drove away once he understood the nature of the mix-up.
Judging from the huge number of likes and shares across Facebook, Schiller’s audience was pretty entertained as well. “That might be the best thing I’ve heard definitely all day,” exclaimed Schiller, “maybe all month.”
The enduring moral of this story? Stay focused on helping others, even if somebody misunderstands — and through it all, never lose your sense of humor.
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