The country dial-code of the Czech Republic is 420 and the rate of cannabis use there is one of the highest in the world. In 2016, Snoop Dogg was a contestant on The $100,000 Pyramid, and replied without delay that the country code for the Czech Republic is 420. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420…
Even before cellphones, it was unusual to hear a dial tone after being hung up on. The reason it happens so often in movies and TV is because it was a peculiarity of the phone systems used in California. youtu.be/bUIiUXvnkUQ
Some old cordless phones used to randomly dial 911 when their battery was low orlandosentinel.com/news/…
The New Zealand tourist town of Queenstown was one of the last areas in the country with a manual telephone exchange, only making the switch to automatic (dial) service in 1988. stuff.co.nz/the-press/new…
The GameCube supports online play. A special attachment on the bottom of the console allows dial up internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Area codes were attributed in the days of phones with rotary dials. Low numbers were quicker to dial, which led to prominent and highly populated cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit to have area codes with low numbers (212, 213, 312, 313, respectively) 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
When crank telephones were being replaced with dial phones, people used to take magneto out of crank telephones to electrocute water to shock fishes, when shocked the dead fish would rise to the surface. techwalla.com/articles/ho…
In 1917 U.S. Radium Corporation manufactured glow-in-the-dark watch dials that used radium to make them luminous.The women would dip their brushes into radium, lick the tip of the brushes to give them a precise point, That direct contact and exposure led to many women dying from radium poisoning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
More than 2 million Americans still pay for an AOL dial-up subscription. distractify.com/p/what-ha…
From 1917 and 1926, 4,000 workers were told that the luminous paint (radium) used for watch dials was harmless, and were encouraged to lick their brushes to form a fine point. These β€œradium girls" experienced gruesome effects. Radiation could even be detected above their graves. yourlawyer.com/library/20…
:Circa 1917-28, clock dial painters (mostly women) were told to lick the brushes to get a fine point --and told the night-glow paint was harmless. However, radioactive radium made it luminous! Later, when sued, some employers tried to discredit workers by blaming the cancer & jaw rot on syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
U.S. area codes were influenced by the rotary dial, where smaller numbers are dialed faster than longer ones. The first digit could not be one or zero, but the second had to be one or zero. Therefore, the most quickly dialed code was 212; the slowest was 909. This system existed until 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
In 1992, A North Dakotan teen, John Thompson, was home alone when he had both of his arms chopped off by a tractor in a freak farming accident. However, he still managed to get up, go inside, and dial for help via holding a pencil in his mouth. He survived. bismarcktribune.com/news/…
Astronauts can accidentally dial 911 in space futurism.com/the-byte/ast…
Internet and dial-up Email were being used by ordinary people as early as 1984. Slow adoption was the challenge, not technology. youtu.be/szdbKz5CyhA
In 1996, David Bowie released the first downloadable song by a major artist (it took 11 minutes to download). He later launched an ISP (BowieNet) to compete with AOL. Subscribers to the dial-up service were offered exclusive content, as well as an email address and "uncensored" Internet access. theguardian.com/technolog…
KMart used to have their own dial up internet service called BlueLight Internet. The service was cheaper than the major competitor at the time, AOL, and offered customers unlimited service and no banner advertisements. transformco.com/press-rel…
Stan Laurel, of Laurel & Hardy, would always graciously reply to fan letters and phone calls. His phone number was listed in the telephone directory and fans could dial the number to speak to him directly. Dick Van Dyke called Laurel when starting out and did an impression of him on his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
'US Radium' employed women to paint dials of watches with radioactive radium paint. The women were instructed to point their brushes on their lips. This led to many of the workers' losing their jaws and even deaths. Company paid examiners covered it up and claimed they had syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
AOL is still selling dial-up Internet services to around 2.1 million people every year. Welcome! digitaltrends.com/cool-te…
According to a quarterly earnings report in 2015, around 2.1 million Americans still use AOL's dial-up services - some of which still pay a (reduced) subscription fee. It is estimated that these users live in areas without proper broadband coverage, or simply can't afford to upgrade. money.cnn.com/2015/05/08/…
Not all toasters use the numbers on the dial to determine toastiness. eatthis.com/what-numbers-…
When area codes were first introduced, they were set up so the highest populated areas would be the easiest to dial on a rotary phone. New York was 212, Los Angeles 213, Chicago 312, and Detroit 313. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The area codes that are easiest to dial on a rotary phone, 212, 213, 312, 313, which are 5, 6, 6, and 7 clicks respectively, were given to the biggest cities, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit. Places like Anchorage got numbers like 907, which is 26 clicks. theatlantic.com/technolog…
There are PTSD service dogs who wake veterans up from nightmares, alert of high blood pressure or cortisol levels in the blood, dial suicide hotlines & 911 on a dog-friendly phone, and more. usserviceanimals.org/blog…
Today I learned about Radium Girls who mixed radium paint for watches and used camel hair brushes to apply the glowing paint onto the dials. The brushes would lose shape after a few strokes so the U.S. Radium supervisors encouraged their workers to point the brushes with their lips (lip, dip, paint). 1917-1926 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Today I learned about "The Radium Girls", female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The women, told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to "point" their brushes between their lips for a fine point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
As of May 2015, 2.3 Million Americans still subscribed to AOL Dial Up Internet. 7ble.com/as-on-may-2015-2…
In the UK if you dial 999 but can't audibly signal the operator you can press '55' to signal that you are in danger independent.co.uk/life-st…
The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. For the delicate task of applying the paint to the tiny dials, the women were instructed to point the brushes with their lips. cnn.com/style/article/rad…
2.1 million people still use AOL 56k dial-up in the US. money.cnn.com/2015/05/08/…
New York's area code is 212 because it was the fastest number to dial on a rotary phone core77.com/blog/object_cu…
The Museum of Endangered Sounds exists to allow streaming of once popular technological sounds. ie. the dial-up tone, ICQ chat tone, Windows 95 startup savethesounds.info/
In the spring of 1930 Senate Considers Banning Dial Phones. Sponsored by Virginia's Carter Glass, the resolution passed without objection when first considered on May 22, 1930. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
A little over 2 million people still pay for AOL dial up internet and email service. cnet.com/news/more-than-2…
In the UK, if you dial 999 and don’t make a sound, the operator will ask a series of questions to try and determine if you are in an emergency but unable to talk. If you remain silent you will be direct to a message asking you to dial 55 for assistance. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-4…
As of May 2015, 2.3 Million Americans still subscribed to AOL Dial Up Internet. time.com/3856066/aol-veri…
The hacker Kevin Mitnick was kept in solitary confinement for 8 months because "law enforcement told the judge that he could somehow dial into the NORAD modem via a payphone from prison and communicate with the modem by whistling to launch nuclear missiles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
"Radium Girls" painted clock dials with self luminous paint, and would then apply the same paint to their teeth, nails and skin to give a glowing appearance. Their remains are still highly radioactive and glow to this day due to the 1600 year half life of Radium. spectator.co.uk/2016/06/t…
Shazam has been around since 2002. Before smartphones you used to have to dial 2580 to Shazam a song. Shazam would then text you with what song it was. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Dial up modems only made noise to audibly diagnose problems howtogeek.com/126778/why-…
There was a dial-up online gaming service for Sega Saturn that you accessed through a 28.8 modem cartridge that plugged into a phone line. There were no servers; to play against someone, your Sega called their Sega. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
2.1 million people still use dial-up internet from AOL dailydot.com/debug/dvd-re…
Today I learned about a dial-in conference service for Amish and Mennonites that has been in service since 2006. The hotline can connect more that 9000 callers comfortably. atlasobscura.com/articles…
3% of Americans still have a dial up internet connection msn.com/en-us/money/spend…
During the Manhattan Project, a production race was held between two calutrons, one run by "hillbilly" girls and the other run by Ph.Ds. The girls won the contest because "the scientists could not refrain from time-consuming investigation of the cause of even minor fluctuations of the dials" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The rotary phone was invented by an undertaker. The operator in his hometown was married to his competition, so the rotary dial was a way to bypass the human operator. kshs.org/kansapedia/almon…
A 15-year-old blind kid was able to use his enhanced hearing to hack telephone systems by perfectly reproducing dial tones. He even went as far as faking calls to the SWAT team in order to have them surround the houses of his enemies. blogs.dallasobserver.com/…
Butt dials are a serious problem for 911 operators in NYC. In 2012 alone, they received over 4 million keister calls. huffingtonpost.com/2012/1…

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