Man Calls Police 5 Times Over Broken iPhone, Architect Takes Going Green Literally

Melissa Knowles
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There are legitimate reasons to call 9-1-1 because they warrant a need for emergency help such as fires, robberies, and car accidents. But your iPhone not working to your liking is not one of them, and it certainly does not warrant five calls to the police. However, that's exactly what Michael Alan Skopec allegedly did to the Kendall County, Illinois, Police Department last week. All five calls to the dispatcher were recorded and released publicly. In the first call, you can hear Skopec slurring his speech as he asks the dispatcher why his phone is not working and says he knows it has something to do with Apple. The dispatcher calmly asks him if he has an emergency requiring an ambulance or some type of assistance, and he replies no. She then directs him to call the manufacturer of the iPhone. In Skopec's second 9-1-1 call, he uses NSFW expletives to describe his frustration with his phone not working properly and says he wants to break his phone. Skopec makes three more 9-1-1 calls, each time getting the same dispatcher who remains calm and at one point attempts to help him troubleshoot by asking if he has the instructions for his iPhone. In her last attempt to help Skopec with his iPhone, the dispatcher suggests he dial "0" to get an operator who may be able to assist him more directly. After his final call, police were dispatched to arrest Skopec and charged him with obstructing or resisting a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor. Reactions to Skopec's calls have tickled people's funny bones on social media, with people saying his calls are "hilarious." But some are going as far as to call him "an idiot."

Most of us have heard of the idea of going green to protect the environment and our planet's resources. Well, one architect in Milan has taken the idea literally. Stefano Boeri has designed a skyscraper apartment complex in Italy that is encompassed in "green," literally. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe, and Boeri hopes that his designs will help counteract the problem. The complex consists of two residential towers that Boeri calls "Bosco Verticale," which means "vertical forest." Each apartment in the towers has an attached balcony, which will be inhabited by a sprawling outdoor garden that surrounds the building. Boeri created the design in response to "urban sprawl" and the "disappearance of nature" from people's lives and the landscape. Boeri believes that the trees planted on the balconies will be able to respond to the city's weather -- with leafy branches providing shade in the summer and the bare branches allowing "sunlight to permeate through the spaces" during the winter. The total greenery will equal 10,000 square meters of forest, which will aid in the production of oxygen and protect people from radiation and pollution. In addition, the Bosco Verticale is designed to produce and optimize its own energy -- making it self-sufficient. The architect posted photographs of the towers' construction on his blog, and people on social media are envious. One person tweeted, "I want to live in an apartment forest."