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This is a different kind of riddle. With this one, you may ask me as many yes or no questions as you like.

A man died because the number was 88 too high.

What happened?

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  • $\begingroup$ Was he driving a DeLorean at the time? $\endgroup$ – dan04 Mar 27 '16 at 3:53
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic per this meta post. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Mar 27 '16 at 4:31
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    $\begingroup$ It's surprising to me that there pre-exists a tag for a question that is considered off topic by reason of that same tag (situation). $\endgroup$ – Matt Cremeens Mar 27 '16 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ @MattCremeens I think the meta post is referring specifically to the type of riddle that requires asking more questions about a situation. If all the information is present in the question already, then there's no problem. $\endgroup$ – f'' Mar 27 '16 at 4:51
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    $\begingroup$ @f'' The link to the meta post provided mentions situation riddles being inappropriate for this site. Yet, there exists a tag for them. If the question is inappropriate for this site because it is a situation riddle (which is just answered as such in a post, not as a rule) then there should be no tag for situation riddles. $\endgroup$ – Matt Cremeens Mar 27 '16 at 4:54
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After a series of chat Q&A, dan04 and I figured it out (see the chat discussion for details):

A British man in the United States was dying, and dialed the only emergency number he knew, which was 999. He didn't realize that the number in the US is actually 911.

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Per our discussion in chat:

A British man was visiting the US when he experienced a life-threatening injury. He dialed 999 in an attempt to reach an ambulance service, but it didn't work. Not knowing the US emergency number (911) but knowing it was three digits, he tried to find it by serial-dialing 998, 997, etc. But he bled to death before he could get to his 88th attempt.

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