20 January 2013 11:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Cruise is the latest victim of jokers who call 911 to request a large police response at a celebrity's house, in the hope that a Swat team will turn up on the doorstep

Age: A few years old.

Appearance: Sudden. Armed.

Don't tell me. Those gun freaks in America have started shooting flies, haven't they? Dear God, what is the world coming to ... No, it's not that. "Swatting" is a new kind of prank.

Like planking and milking? Ooh, how modern! Let's see – does it mean "hitting a stranger and pretending you were just shooing a fly off them"? Or "inhaling as many cans of Vapona as you can before you fall on your back and start spinning round with your legs in the air"? No. No. It's nothing to do with flies. It is the practice of making a call to the emergency services so they send a large, »

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