They are not real. There are some pretty funny ones that are obviously based on real encounters. Anyone can listen to ATC, so some guys have found some pretty funny ones. There is a dude at JFK who is damn funny.
Yeah, again not real. And I think it was a guy. You would be suprised how terrible some pilots are with their radio comms. I was lucky that I trained at a pretty busy Class C airspace at RDU, some guys only fly out of small towered or Non-towered airports all the way from private to Commercial.Over NYC of all places. I'd like to have head her over DC, they would have launched on her. She could loose her ticket over her actions.
It's a no shit high pressure job. Most jobs have some down time where you can let your mind wander off just a little, or think on another problem. The tin pushers are on the edge all the time. You could hear the flight stacks clicking and sliding from time to time.ATC really are some of the best pro's out there. They never lose their cool for the most part, and work their ass off.