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The service was launched following a fire at a London doctor's surgery in November 1935 that resulted in five fatalities, and led to a committee set up by the government to look at how telephone operators could identify emergency calls.
The last eight decades have seen the service expand from handling more than 1,000 calls in its first week of operation in London in 1937 to around 560,000 calls a week now - around 30 million calls a year, according to BT's archives.
If you remain silent and it’s an emergency, you’ll be asked to cough or make some other audible sound without speaking.
But what are you supposed to do if making any noise at all might alert an attacker to your presence and so you need to remain silent? Emergency services have previously announced that if they receive a 999 (or 112) call but hear nothing on the end of the line, they won’t automatically investigate it.
However, it’s not just the desire to find a new partner quickly that inclines people to lie.
Some 36% of male research participants lie “just for fun” (31% of women admit to this as well). Some 34% of female site visitors intentionally falsify information about themselves because they are afraid that real information will be used against them by extortionists and con men.