If you're waiting for the subway in New York City, and you drop something on the tracks, you can call a "Lost Items Retriever" to get it back for you. It happens all the time, and this short video shows a few retrievals on July 1, 2014. They use grabby-tongs (my technical term) to pick up the items and return them to the booth. Enjoy:
You can read more about the process in Amy K. Nelson's article for ANIMAL. One tidbit: "[I]n 2013, their office alone fielded 9,239 calls." And I didn't even know this was a thing!
The queen's private secretary will start an urgent phone tree. Parliament will call an emergency session. Commercial radio stations will watch special blue lights flash, then switch to pre-prepared playlists of somber music. As a new video from Half As Interesting relates, the British media and government have been preparing for decades for the death of Queen Elizabeth II—a procedure codenamed "London Bridge is Down."
There's plenty at stake when a British monarch dies. And as the Guardian explains, royal deaths haven't always gone smoothly. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the blue "obit lights" installed at commercial radio stations didn’t come on because someone failed to depress the button fully. That's why it's worth it to practice: As Half as Interesting notes, experts have already signed contracts agreeing to be interviewed upon the queen's death, and several stations have done run-throughs substituting "Mrs. Robinson" for the queen's name.
You can learn more about "London Bridge is Down" by watching the video below—or read the Guardian piece for even more detail, including the plans for her funeral and burial. ("There may be corgis," they note.)