It was probably inevitable - the government raises the terrorist threat level so some silly sod starts a rumour of imminent attack on the London Underground.
A message circulating via text and messenger services over the weekend said: "They [the police] think there's a terror threat and that it will happen on the tubes tomorrow around the west end area.
Raised threat level has caused terror of an unexpected kind, with wild, false rumours of an attack on the tube circulating at alarming rate
— Prospector (@Prospector_UK) September 1, 2014
"Every single police officer in the met has been called into work from 4am onwards, even people on holiday are being told to catch the next flight home. So don't go travelling on tubes!! It's better to be safe than sorry. Please share."
The police were on hand to quell the rumours...
Social media contains lots of rumours regarding threats to tube network tomorrow. There is no specific threat so keep calm & carry on. 1/2
— Ch Supt Paul Brogden (@BTP_B_Division) August 31, 2014
And just in case you weren't clued up on how the average terrorist cell operates...
Guys, I’d say it’s really unlikely that ISIS or MI5 texted your Facebook friends to warn them about a terror attack on the tube tomorrow.
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) August 31, 2014
But that still wasn't enough to stop people freaking out. For poor Pierre it sparked a questioning of all he had(n't) achieved in life.
The scariest thing about the 'tube terror attack' rumour is the acknowledgement of my regrets in life.
— Pierre Alexander (@iampobbery) August 31, 2014
This just sounds like an excuse for a day off.
So there's a high risk of a terror attack tomorrow 😳 getting tube to work will have to be swerved
— mm (@_MarioM_) August 31, 2014
Dan was pretty worried.
Hearing about a possible terror attack on the tube tomorrow. Utterly terrifying. Why do these people do this!?
— Dan Coote (@dancoote) August 31, 2014
Please don't let them win.
If you don't get the tube tomorrow because you're scared of a terror attack then they've already won.
— tesc (@tesc_) August 31, 2014
This fella was more resolute.
Dad please don't get on the tube today, there are rumors of a planned terror attack
'Fuck off, im not altering my plans for those wankers'
— 我是王 (@edward_chilton) August 30, 2014
It's always a good day when you can report this.
First journey on the tube today - ✔️. So far no terror attack
— Maja P (@majuuszka) September 1, 2014
Silver linings and all that.
At least the hoax London terror threat has scared me into getting the tube way earlier to go to the gym #silverlining
— Ele Pilgrim (@PilgrimEleanor) September 1, 2014
When the threat of death is a better alternative to exercise.
Scared to go on the tube. But I'm not walking to Westminster
— Demi Rose Philllips (@DemiRose96) September 1, 2014
Don't worry, at College they'll teach you the difference between fact and reality.
Bit scared about these terrorist attacks that are due to happen considering I'm gna have to start getting the tube to college all the time💀
— Wren♔xXx (@wren_cripps) September 1, 2014
If your supposed to get the tube today then just get it. If we all start getting scared then the terrorists win!
— Matt Wright (@matt_wright95) September 1, 2014
Wait hang on, you know it's a hoax and you're still too scared to sleep?!
Today so far: I got 3 hours broken sleep last night. I left my lunch in the fridge. I'm scared silly by the hoax tube terror threat :(
— Kiran Chug (@kiranchug) September 1, 2014
Although its been confirmed its fake tomorrow when im on the tube im gonna be so fricking scared
— Alex Nagel (@Alexnagel01) August 31, 2014
Good for you Squibby! Although there are definitely more spiders than terrorists on the Tube...
I may be scared of spiders but I am NOT scared of terrorists and as such I shall be using the tube upon my return to London tomorrow.
— Squibby (@Squibby_) August 31, 2014
Oh no, they've won...
Getting a taxi to work tomorrow. No way in hell I am risking the tube. Petrified.
— Belle Avery (@BelleGirlSoho) September 1, 2014