Here’s how they get you to turn off your cell phone during concerts in Italy

This is too cute. I freaking love Italians.


Here’s a similar one by Lukáš Kmiť playing the viola in an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue in Presov, Slovakia when not one, but two, cell phones go off.

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29 Responses to “Here’s how they get you to turn off your cell phone during concerts in Italy”

  1. Asterix says:

    It’s strange what your brain gloms onto and won’t let go of. Such as our family’s first telephone number, “Sheffield 2118-W”, or that of my grandmother, “Gleason 47” (it was a small town; the local telco service people also repaired radios as a sideline).

  2. emjayay says:

    What did the guy in the first video say?

  3. emjayay says:

    This isn’t the only video like it, but the first one I saw. From 2006, when this sort of thing was a fairly new problem:

    Or this one, from a Brazilian Catholic girls high school (apparently), a study in teenage girl naive arrogance:

  4. samizdat says:

    Oh, and ROFLMAO at the vids. Very nice.

  5. samizdat says:

    This reminds me of the time I attended a performance by Shauna Ralston, a Canadian cellist, and Menachem Pressler, her pianist, at the Sheldon Concert Hall here in St. Louis (This was before they installed one of the worst sound systems it has been my displeasure to be acquainted with; installed in spite of the fact that the Sheldon is probably one the best acoustic spaces in the country; stoopid wealthy white people >:(; but I digress…).

    So, Ms. Ralston is performing one of the movements from Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (written while he was in a German prison camp: a lot of context in this piece, to say the least). I was in the second row, right in front of her. I could almost reach out and touch her. Her playing was…how can I put this? Sublime? Brilliant? Virtuoso? Truly, she was ON! that day. So, right in the middle of a particularly moving and brilliantly executed segment of the piece, from the back row comes the sound of a pager sounding off (it’s a small hall, maybe 300, tops; as I said, a beautiful space). Shauna never missed a beat. Amazing. Myself, however, well, it was all I could do to restrain myself from jumping over the intervening nine or ten rows and smashing that jerks face into a pulp. But I was cool, and remained seated during the rest of the performance.

    Still, it f***ing pisses me off that this beautifully played performance was marred by a moron who thought he was more important than anyone else in the room. Still, I will remember Ms. Ralston’s performance ’til the day I die. Not to mention, but she was veeeery easy on the eyes, if you catch my drift.

  6. Papa Bear says:


  7. HeartlandLiberal says:

    And you walked uphill both ways to go use it. Am I right?

  8. HeartlandLiberal says:

    I don’t remember the entire phone number, but I remember when a child in Alabama our Exchange was ‘Fairfax’, letters FA then digits, and the phone was your classic AT&T black brick with the rotary dial.

  9. HeartlandLiberal says:

    Now that we are both retired, my wife and I have resumed playing ACBL duplicate bridge, which is highly, intensely competitive. We were not the least surprised, and most pleased, to discover in bridge clubs, if your cell phone goes off during the game, the director simply docks you points to punish you. And there is no negotiation. Given that a few docked points will make the difference in where you finish and how many points you earn for the session, people tend to pay attention and remember to thoughtfully turn their phones off.

  10. Chidimma Agunwamba says:

    that is so cool ! see also unec at the university of Nigeria at this link

  11. FuzzyRabbit says:

    Ah Becca, you’re still a young’un. I’m so old I’m starting to forget things. ;)

  12. BeccaM says:

    Actually, I remember all of those things. As I noted below, the first home phone number I memorized was town+5 digits. Some of my relatives did have party lines. I remember how it was a huge deal with ‘Direct Dial Long Distance’ was introduced. Never used a touch-tone phone until the mid 70s.

    Even before that and before Captain Crunch’s magic whistle, I figured out how to hit just the right pattern, pressure and timing on the receiver hook to dial numbers. Used to amaze my friends when I’d dial most of the digits, then enter the last two or three with the hook-flash alone.

    True — at 50 I’m not as old as many around here. But old enough to remember quite a lot.

  13. BeccaM says:

    I was spared this, although some of our more distant family did have party lines, and the only way we could call them was through operator assistance.

    I remember how this one relative, a great aunt, resisted being taken off the party line subscription service, because as she said, “If I don’t pick up, some one else surely will and I won’t miss the message.”

    I do recall the very first home phone number I was taught was in the old town+digit+4-number format. (Can’t remember the number anymore, save that it was in Greenfield PA.)

  14. FuzzyRabbit says:

    Cordless? Becca, you’re just a youngster.

    I’m still trying to get used to push button phones. And what’s with this new fangled area code? Phone numbers used to only need a word prefix and 4 numbers. Our number growing up was Adams 1059. We were on a party line, so sometimes when we picked up the phone the neighbors were talking and we had to hang up and wait before making our phone call.

    To call long distance you dialed the operator. Long distance was cheaper in the evening and on weekends, so that’s when you called friends and family.

    Most homes only had one phone. Only rich people had 2 phones, and all of them were attached to the wall with a cord.

    Seriously, I am more comfortable with rotary phones than I am with my cell phone. Last year I bought an old Western Electric 302 telephone, like we had when I was a kid. The first time my 25 year old friend saw it, she asked “What is that?” I told her it was a rotary telephone, and then she asked “How do you use it?”

    It’s a brave new world already.

  15. BeccaM says:

    I’m both icky and already married. ;-) I was a rather unusual child. Or ‘weird’ as I was almost immediately dubbed in kindergarten.

  16. Naja pallida says:

    I had the same thing when my family got our first phone. It was on a party line with a
    dozen or so other families in the area, and somebody always listening in. Of course, we also had an outhouse. :)

  17. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I suspect several of us have had a similar reaction to Becca. Confusing, isn’t it?

  18. Drew2u says:

    How did Joe Johnston think he could get away with using the most-common-ringtone-ever as a made-up jingle in Jurassic Park 3? I was ready to flip-a-bitch.

  19. Drew2u says:

    I’d say, “marry me” but you’re a girl and girls are icky. ;)

  20. Zorba says:

    Hahahahahaha! Love that!

  21. Papa Bear says:

    We didn’t have a phone. Our neighbor (three miles down the road) had one. It was a wooden box that hung on the wall and had a crank on the side that your spun to get someone else on your line (or the operator). Each person on a given “line” had a certain number of rings. Their’s was three. A two or a four or a five ringer would be for someone else, and you wouldn’t answer. Of course, there was always a busybody who’d listen in…

  22. BeccaM says:

    When I was five, I proudly announced to my parents that when I grew up, I was going to be a warp engine specialist. But I was gonna make them give me a uniform with pants because miniskirts would be a problem when working inside Jeffries Tubes.

    I also made sugar rock-candy and pretended they were dilithium crystals.

  23. Zorba says:

    I’m still waiting for the Transporter, so I can teleport wherever I want to go. ;-)

  24. BeccaM says:

    Star Trek communicators! :-)

  25. MyrddinWilt says:

    I didn’t even have a landline in the house till I was 25.

    I recently junked my fax line. Even the lawyers no longer use them.

  26. I’d never seen that one, it’s great! Just added it to the post, thanks.

  27. MichaelS says:

    And if you haven’t seen it before, this was a first-class response by a violinist to a concert interruption by a cell phone back in 2011:

  28. I still remember when we were kids, talking about how in the future you’d have one phone number and it would travel around with you around the world wherever you want in something you could carry!

  29. BeccaM says:

    What makes me feel ancient is I still remember clearly when there was no such thing as even a cordless phone.

    Well, they’d been invented, but virtually nobody had one because there weren’t any consumer manufacturers yet and the technology sucked rocks.

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