# 999 puzzle

Why do some people dial 999 with their index finger and some with their third finger?
19:01 Sun 29th Apr 2012

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 Do they? How do you know? who dials these days anyway, 999 is bottom right on my phone's keyboard. 19:02 Sun 29th Apr 2012 Some people are right handed and some left. 19:03 Sun 29th Apr 2012 I tend to dial (both old-fashioned dial and keypad) with my middle finger 19:38 Sun 29th Apr 2012 Question Author Its a riddle from a quiz it isnt a fact sorry for confusion but I did put it in riddle section 20:45 Sun 29th Apr 2012 To call the emergency services. 20:49 Sun 29th Apr 2012 i'm a 1 fingered typist. would it have something to do with a qwerty keyboard ? 20:50 Sun 29th Apr 2012 Because they need the emergency services? 18:18 Wed 02nd May 2012 ^ ^ ^ I think 'whitehill' has got the right answer! 18:22 Wed 02nd May 2012 Because they have cut their index finger off and are phoning for an ambulance? 23:46 Fri 04th May 2012 My answer was perfectly serious. I think it has something to do with being able to locate the 9 on the dial in the dark. It is next to the last hole (the 0). Next to that is the stoppery-bit. I think you were supposed to feel for the stopper, then count to the 9 using first your middle finger in the 0, then your index finger..this only works if you are right handed and dialling with your right hand. If you are left handed, you would use your index finger as the guide and dial with your middle finger. Of course, this may all be bunkum and the answer may well be 'to dial the emergency services' or 'because they don't have an index finger'. Please post the answer when you find out. 23:56 Fri 04th May 2012 By which time it is probably too late. 00:00 Sat 05th May 2012 Always the optimist, Daisy... 00:15 Sat 05th May 2012 Question Author I'll let you all know and thanks for trying 16:47 Sat 05th May 2012 Thanks smouse. This one will drive me nuts until I know the answer. 16:49 Sat 05th May 2012 I think you need to get out more. 18:11 Sun 06th May 2012 Because they can. 18:12 Sun 06th May 2012 You're right, ladyalex, on a old dial telephone. I can only assume that thewinner and whitehill have the correct answer for this riddle! 18:13 Sun 06th May 2012 Have you found the answer to this one yet ? 19:30 Sat 30th Jun 2012 Question Author I have the answer they wanted today but its nonsense It says to ring the emergency services 15:27 Thu 05th Jul 2012 Thank you , smouse. That answer is indeed nonsense. I don't think I would be doing this setter's quizzes again. 11:59 Sun 15th Jul 2012

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