Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
What's in a number?
Old 05-25-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
Moderator
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eee Bah Gum
Posts: 21,109
What's in a number?

I guess the cell phone number 0888 888 888 was popular among crooks because it looks a bit like 0$$$ $$$ $$$

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...-10-years.html


All 3 crooks that had the number died under suspicious circumstances or were murdered.

Quote:
A mobile phone company has suspended the number 0888 888 888 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0888 888 888 end_of_the_skype_highlighting – after every single person assigned to it died in the last 10 years.
__________________

__________________
Retired in Jan, 2010 at 55, moved to England in May 2016
Now it's adventure before dementia
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-25-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jIMOh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Milford, OH
Posts: 2,085
every person reading this thread will eventually die too, does that mean the board is shutting down? LOLOLOL ROFL

Being born is the #1 cause of death, a seldom repeated fact in most cause of death studies LOL
__________________

__________________
Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. One person's stupidity is another person's job security.
jIMOh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,375
Obviously for those three, 8 is NOT their lucky number!
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,905
Eek!! I wouldn't want a number with a history like that, either.

My cell phone number is one digit off from the number of a local rap/hiphop radio station. That's bad enough.
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
BTravlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 994
The older I get the more I like easy to remember numbers and that one is real easy.

I have an 800 # for my business that has recently become crossed with an 800 # for Humana. Now I'm regularly getting calls from people wanting to discuss their EOB's. When I ask what number they were dialing it's not even close to my number but somehow the two numbers are obviously crossed out in cyberspace somewhere. Call my local telephone company and they say it's a long distance issue. Call my long distance provider and they say to talk to Humana's provider. Sometimes I miss the good old days when you could just call AT&T because everything phone related was their problem.
__________________
Wherever you go, there you are.
(In other words, no whining!)
BTravlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Our number was last used by a physical therapy center. We get calls all the time asking for therapy for various body parts.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 08:58 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,116
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
Our number was last used by a physical therapy center. We get calls all the time asking for therapy for various body parts.
Be thankful it wasn't a massage parlor...

We once had a number one digit off that of very popular burger joint a few miles down the road. We got surprisingly good at taking to go orders...
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 08:58 PM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,035
The one Operating Room I worked in we had a phone number one digit off a pizza place so depending on our mood we would take orders .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 09:13 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Be thankful it wasn't a massage parlor.
"Total body rub with happy ending" is a physical therapy technique, right?
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 09:23 PM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
"Total body rub with happy ending" is a physical therapy technique, right?
Or so a number of ladies have sworn to me.
__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 09:44 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
bbbamI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dallas 'burb
Posts: 9,039
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leonidas View Post
Or so a number of ladies have sworn to me.
Under oath?
__________________
There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
bbbamI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 10:23 PM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbbamI View Post
Under oath?
Officer, I swear to Gaaawwd....

What's that old saying about no atheists in foxholes? It applies to jails quite similarly.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who was evil enough to prank with the poor people who can't dial a telephone number.

A former coworker used to get out the criss-cross telephone directory and randomly select some victim from the trashiest areas of town. This was in the days before modular telephone cords were predominant. After convincing them that they had won a free extra 6' of telephone line in the Southwestern Bell monthly customer appreciation drawing, he would tell them that they were on the honor system to pull out no more than 6' of line when they heard him "release the brake" on his end. He held a stapler up next to the mouthpiece and said "Okay, when you hear the brake click off, you go ahead an gently pull just 6' and no more." Every one of them must have had both hands wrapped on the line and a foot braced against the wall ready to pull like crazy when that brake came off. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when they tried to explain to the real telephone company why they decided to rip their phone line out of the wall.
__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 10:34 PM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
bbbamI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dallas 'burb
Posts: 9,039
__________________
There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
bbbamI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 07:11 AM   #14
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 16,544
A car collision repair center had a telephone number one digit different from a funeral home, so some people were aghast when their calls were answered "body shop".
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 10:39 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leonidas View Post
A former coworker used to get out the criss-cross telephone directory and randomly select some victim from the trashiest areas of town. This was in the days before modular telephone cords were predominant. After convincing them that they had won a free extra 6' of telephone line in the Southwestern Bell monthly customer appreciation drawing, he would tell them that they were on the honor system to pull out no more than 6' of line when they heard him "release the brake" on his end. He held a stapler up next to the mouthpiece and said "Okay, when you hear the brake click off, you go ahead an gently pull just 6' and no more." Every one of them must have had both hands wrapped on the line and a foot braced against the wall ready to pull like crazy when that brake came off. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when they tried to explain to the real telephone company why they decided to rip their phone line out of the wall.
Yikes! And you guys walked around with guns all day?

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 10:48 AM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
"Total body rub with happy ending" is a physical therapy technique, right?
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 12:33 PM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
Yikes! And you guys walked around with guns all day?
That was pretty mild in those days. I came on as part of the "new generation" that was supposed to drag the agency into the 20th century, but the old generation had to be drug along kicking and screaming the entire way. When I started the academy in late 1979, it was, as some author later said, "the national poster child for aberrant police behavior." Some of the stuff I saw during the transition period was interesting.
__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #18
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
calmloki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Independence
Posts: 5,459
Sometimes when I see PD force in numbers being applied it seems like the PD is just a sanctioned gang. Sort of feel the same way about financially strapped state governments coming up with the brilliant solution to their budget woes: "let's legalize (and tax) pot"! Wonder how Frank Freak would feel as he sits in jail for selling dope to fund his family if the state gets into drug sales...
__________________
calmloki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 01:38 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by calmloki View Post
Wonder how Frank Freak would feel as he sits in jail for selling dope to fund his family if the state gets into drug sales...
Probably not much different than Zeke the Moonshiner who went to jail for selling untaxed alcohol. Especially if it is in one of the twenty-odd states where alcohol is actually sold by the state itself.
__________________

__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Magic Number is 69 freebird5825 Other topics 6 04-18-2009 11:55 PM
The Number - Top Down Lagniappe FIRE and Money 5 03-22-2008 02:26 PM
For those under 35, what is your magic number accountingsucks Young Dreamers 74 08-12-2007 01:01 AM
The Number Canadian Girl FIRE and Money 35 04-27-2006 04:04 PM
The 'New York' Number intercst FIRE and Money 29 01-09-2006 12:04 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:44 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.