In case the thought of ending up as a fried corpse isn't enough to deter you from cashing in on the "copper" scrap metal craze, here's another one. Several news outlets are reporting that an elderly Georgian woman (that's the country of Georgia, not the state where Johnny bet the devil a fiddle of gold against his soul...) was digging for copper wire to sell and accidentally cut the internet connection to the entire country of Armenia, and part of surrounding countries.
Yes, the ENTIRE COUNTRY of Armenia was on one line.
While Armenia learns an important lesson about not puttlng all of their virual eggs in one basket, the rest of us are getting an important reminder about calling 811 before you dig. The Georgian lady is lucky she's still around to enjoy whatever they're serving for dinner in jail. Here in the U.S., you're probably not going to actually interrupt the internet service for anyone, much less an entire country, but you're still risking hitting something important like a gas or electric line, and if you survive that, you're going to have your neighbors pretty upset with you.
It's 811, people - call it. And don't steal copper wire!
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.