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

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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.

Other “airplane mode” jokes include “I dropped my phone from the fourth floor, but it was on airplane mode so it landed safely” and “I just switched my phone to airplane mode and a small child appeared and started kicking me in the back.”


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