A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 06, 2017
“I put my phone on airplane mode. Now it won’t stop calling me Shirley”

The comedy movie Airplane! (1980) has this classic joke:

Striker: Surely you can’t be serious?
Rumack: I
am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

A joke on the term “airplane mode” was posted on Twitter on June 22, 2012:

“When I put my iPhone in Airplane mode, Siri won’t stop calling me Shirley.”

The “airplane mode” joke has been printed on several images.


Wikipedia: Airplane mode
Airplane mode, aeroplane mode, flight mode, offline mode, or standalone mode is a setting available on many smartphones, portable computers, and other electronic devices that, when activated, suspends radio-frequency signal transmission by the device, thereby disabling Bluetooth, telephony, and Wi-Fi. GPS may or may not be disabled, because it does not involve transmitting radio waves.

The name comes from the prohibition by many airlines of using equipment transmitting radio-frequency signal while in flight; using airplane mode prevents devices from transmitting.

Wikiquote: Airplane!
Airplane! is a 1980 film that spoofs airport disaster movies. When the crew of an airplane comes down with a severe case of food poisoning, the fate of the passengers depends on an ex-war pilot who is the only one able to land the plane safely.

Written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.
(...)
Rumack: Can you fly this plane and land it?
Striker: Surely you can’t be serious?
Rumack: I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
Note: those last two lines ranked #79 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

Twitter
sabler‏
@sabler
When I put my iPhone in Airplane mode, Siri won’t stop calling me Shirley.
8:43 PM - 22 Jun 2012

Twitter
Earl‏
@elancaster
Accidentally put my phone in Airplane! mode and now it won’t stop calling me Shirley.
5:36 PM - 15 Jul 2015

Twitter
Alicia‏
@Zombiezucchini
I put my phone in Airplane mode and now it won’t stop calling me Shirley.
5:56 PM - 11 Jul 2016

Twitter
Dr. Milton Wolf‏
@MiltonWolfMD
I put my phone on airplane mode and now it won’t stop calling me Shirley and telling me about its drinking problem.
2:17 PM - 13 Aug 2016

Twitter
Annie‏
@AnnieWanKenobi
Put my phone in Airplane mode. Now it won’t stop calling me Shirley.
11:33 AM - 10 Mar 2017

Reddit—Jokes
I put my phone on airplane mode.
submitted September 6, 2017 by ThatOtherGuy_CA
Now it won’t stop calling me Shirley.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 • Permalink