I think most of us are aware that every realm runs on three physical servers -- one runs Kalimdor, the other handles the Eastern Kingdoms, and the third handles all the game's instances. It's possible for one of these servers to crash while the others keep running, and when that happens to the instance server, you see something like this screenshot, where everyone who was in an instance prior to the crash is unceremoniously dumped out over (usually) Hillsbrad. It may not be fun to be there, but it does make for an entertaining screenshot after the fact, as seen in this shot sent in by Saramana of Squishy Soldiers on Icecrown.
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