For the past 25 years we have suffered sleepless night after sleepless night, ravaged with insomnia and plagued by one thing… the plot hole in Home Alone that just does not make sense.
In case you lived in a home where classic pieces of cinema such as Home Alone weren't watched, let us fill you in on the plot. Kevin McCallister, a child, is left home alone. Caught up? Good.
It's a pretty straightforward plot, we'll admit, but one thing was never explained. Early on in the film, a tree falls on the phone lines during a storm and destroys them, meaning Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) can't contact his parents. But somehow, he still manages to call and order a pizza not long after.
Philosophers and scholars alike have long debated what sorcery was afoot here, but now, there is an answer thanks to one Reddit user who is apparently fairly knowledgeable when it comes to phone lines.
"I always assumed the tree actually severed the main trunk line to the whole town, but local calls within the same exchange still worked."
Huffington Post have now confirmed this by speaking to a representative from American telecommunications company AT&T, who says this is likely to be the case.
"Everything is changing now because of all this phone capability is moving into the cloud, but in 1990, that was absolutely a plausible scenario.
"When you're trying to call from Paris, now you're relying on a whole series of connections including undersea cables, any one of which could have a problem, which would prevent you from reaching some particular telephone number."
And now the world finally makes sense again.
Source: Cosmo UK