A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros. The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the statement and offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill. Eventually, they admitted their mistake, and waived it altogether bbc.com/news/world-europeโ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Phantom Vibration Syndrome" a condition in which people mistakenly think their mobile phone is vibrating in their pocket, it effects 9 out of 10 people. independent.co.uk/life-stโ€ฆ
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluโ€ฆ
A man in the UK grew tired of cold callers to his phone line, so he set up his own phone line as a premium rate number. When cold callers phoned him, he would be making money by keeping them talking. bbc.co.uk/news/technologyโ€ฆ
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
Fred Rogers proposed to his wife Joanne via letter. When she received it, Joanne rushed to a payphone to respond. She was so nervous that when Fred answered the phone she was focused on the phone booth graffiti and greeted him by saying, "Shit." Fred laughed and she agreed to marry him. biography.com/news/misterโ€ฆ
Astronaut Chris Hadfieldโ€™s wife kept hanging up on his phone calls from the ISS thinking he was a telemarketer. The 3 second delay made her think no one was on the other side of the line when sheโ€™d answer. NASA then gave her the ISSโ€™s phone number so her phone read โ€œSPACEโ€ each time he called. youtu.be/t93UCj1hzu8
Today I learned of โ€œCow Tools,โ€ a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaperโ€™s phones didnโ€™t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the โ€œBuckskin Girlโ€ murdered 40 years ago, and unable to be identified but named after her coat. In 2017 an unrefrigerated lab vial of her blood was successfully DNA analysed. Her mother was located still living in the same house, refusing to move or change phone numbers hoping for her return en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNAโ€ฆ
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the The StingRay. Used by Law Enforcement for surveillance, it mimics a cell tower forcing all nearby mobile phones and other cellular data devices to connect to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiโ€ฆ
In old Nokia phones, the notification tone for an SMS was simply 'SMS' in Morse newlaunches.com/archives/โ€ฆ
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inmaโ€ฆ
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Before women became the mainstay telephone operators were teenage boys. The change came about when the lads being pesky teenagers pulled too many pranks, got drunk on the job and swore down the phone history.com/news/telephonโ€ฆ
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan were professional acquaintances during the Voyager project in 1977. When Sagan returned a phone call from Druyan it turned into a date and they were engaged by the end of the call. They married in 1981 and were together until Sagan's death in December 1996. npr.org/2010/02/12/123534โ€ฆ
Commanders in the Hitlerbunker would cold-call Berlin numbers to keep track of the Soviet advance. They were eventually doomed when a Russian picked up the phone and said "Ivan is here". hoover.org/research/conteโ€ฆ
4096-bit RSA decryption keys can be extracted within an hour using the sound generated by the CPU during the decryption, using a plain mobile phone placed next to the laptop, as discovered by Adi Shamir, one of the authors of the RSA algorithm. pcworld.com/article/20822โ€ฆ
Researchers figured out a way to break into locks by using a smart phone to record the sound of a key being inserted. They were able to narrow down the range from more than 330,000 keys to 3. dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.114โ€ฆ
According to a study developed for National Geographic in 2011, the world's "most typical" person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 per year, has a mobile phone, and doesn't have a bank account. huffpost.com/entry/meet-tโ€ฆ
Ed O'Neill used to make birthday phone calls to fans of โ€˜Married With Childrenโ€™ in character, and in true Al Bundy nature, he only called them collect. eonline.com/news/717462/1โ€ฆ
The first ever phone to run in an Android system is the HTC Dream also known as HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1, as it was set to revolutionize the smartphone market. Aside from running in an Android system, it had 3G support and 3.2 inch screen smartphone and it was released in 2008 gizmochina.com/2019/06/06โ€ฆ
Samsung Uses Robots Shaped Like Butts To Bend-Test Its Phones businessinsider.in/samsunโ€ฆ
Samsung tests their phones using a butt-shaped robot techradar.com/in/news/samโ€ฆ
Itโ€™s impossible to speak coherently if you hear your voice as feedback on a phone call, Zoom, etc. Delayed Auditory Feedback disrupts normal speech causing repetition of syllables, mispronunciations, and omissions. These effects are often referred to as โ€œartificial stutteringโ€. wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayeโ€ฆ
Clare Hollingworth, an English journalist who first broke the story of the German occupation of Poland in 1939, putting her phone out her window so a doubting British diplomat could hear the tanks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_โ€ฆ
Japan is so successful at returning lost property that 130,000 mobile phones, or 83% of those reported missing, were returned to their owners in 2018. bbc.com/future/article/20โ€ฆ
Delivery companies hijack phone numbers of restaurants and are hemorrhaging money. Grubhub lost $33 million on $360 million in revenue in Q1. Doordash lost $450 million off $900 million in revenue in 2019. Uber Eats has Uber's highest profits. Uber Eats spent $1.2 B to make $734 million themargins.substack.com/pโ€ฆ
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed โ‚ฌ1000, plus โ‚ฌ1500 for a contract of six months, and had a โ€œpanic buttonโ€ that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encโ€ฆ
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Joybubbles, a blind man who at age 5 figured he could make free long distance phone calls by using his perfect pitch to whistle. He later went on to create a non profit where he called terminally ill children and talked to them paying for the call himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyโ€ฆ
Today I learned of hacking phone lines via whistling. Captain Crunch aka Thomas Draper used a toy whistle packaged in boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal to hack telephone lines ("phreaking") to get free calls. The blind pioneer of phreaking, Joybubbles, could even produce this 2600hz sound by whistling with his mouth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/260โ€ฆ
A ton of old mobile phones has 100 times the concentration of gold found in an actual gold mine. fastcompany.com/90512610/โ€ฆ
Samsung tests phone durability in a dedicated testing facility, which has a butt-shaped robot thatโ€™s designed to sit on Samsung phones over and over again to test durability and bending. techradar.com/news/samsunโ€ฆ
The 3.5 mm Headphone Jack was patented in 1895. It was used to connect phone lines in 19th century switchboards. tomsguide.com/news/rip-heโ€ฆ
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europeโ€ฆ
A Florida woman used the Pizza Hut app to get police help. Her boyfriend held her hostage with her children, and took her phone away. She convinced him to let her use the phone to order a pizza; she put in the comments: "Please help. Get 911 to me." Police arrived; the boyfriend was arrested. arstechnica.com/tech-poliโ€ฆ
As recently as 1990, single digit phone numbers existed in the UK vintage-radio.net/forum/aโ€ฆ
David Copperfield and his assistants were robbed at gunpoint. While his assistants handed over their money and phone, David used sleight of hand to hide his possessions. hollywood.com/celebritiesโ€ฆ
In 2006 muggers accosted magician David Copperfield, who promptly turned all of his pockets empty despite carrying his wallet, cell phone and passport cbsnews.com/news/david-coโ€ฆ
There are still about twenty working phone numbers in America (different zip codes) for "867-5309" snopes.com/fact-check/867โ€ฆ
An off-duty Brazilian policeman in uniform had a cell phone in his back pocket when he visited his parents to do laundry. His parents were being held hostage by 2 robbers; when the policeman turned to flee, the robbers shot him in the buttock, but his Nokia Lumia 520 phone stopped the bullet. pcmag.com/news/brazilian-โ€ฆ
There are prepaid electicity services you fill up with a code, just like a prepaid phone plan. theigc.org/project/pre-paโ€ฆ
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Three Israeli brothersโ€”Ramy, Muzher, and Shadde Badirโ€”managed to set up an extensive phone and computer fraud scheme in Israel in the 1990s, despite all of them being born blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socโ€ฆ
Over-exerting the neck can cause a stroke. This includes heavy lifting, surfing, holding a phone neck to shoulder - all can cause micro-tears in neck arteries. Carotid artery dissection is the most common cause of ischemic stroke in young people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carโ€ฆ
Motorists using a phone while driving will receive 6 points on their licence and a ยฃ200 fine. youtube.com/watch?v=-Hegsโ€ฆ
A woman in France accidentally received a phone bill of โ‚ฌ11,721,000,000,000,000 (million billion). This was 5000x the GDP of France at the time. It took several days of wrangling before the phone company finally admitted it was a mistake and she owed just โ‚ฌ117.21. They let her off. theguardian.com/business/โ€ฆ
The 1990s AOL modem sound was a sequence that allowed digital devices to piggyback on an analog telephone network to use sound waves to carry data across phone lines theatlantic.com/technologโ€ฆ
Most Samsung phones from the past 5 generations have sensors built-in to read your pulse and oxygen levels androidcentral.com/how-meโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Israel Keyes, a serial killer who had no preferred victim type and never killed in the same area twice. For one murder, he flew to Chicago and rented a car to get to Vermont, then used a murder kit heโ€™d hidden two years earlier. When shopping, he kept his phone off and only paid in cash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isrโ€ฆ
IHunch is the name for a spinal issue caused by looking down at a phone or laptop for too long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IHuโ€ฆ
The early model pay phones had three slots, one for nickels, dimes and quarters. Each slot would play a different sounding bell, letting the operator on the line calculate how much money was deposited mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-200โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œSim Swappingโ€, a technique used by criminals that involves the stealing a phone number and exploiting Multi-factor Authentication to access your financial information. securelist.com/large-scalโ€ฆ
In the original cut of The Santa Clause Tim Allen's character looks at a phone number and says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." This scene was cut from all home media releases after a kid in Washington called the number - which led to an active sex hotline - and racked up a $400 phone bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Samsung tests Phone durability with a robot butt. techradar.com/news/samsunโ€ฆ
If the song โ€œEmpty Spacesโ€ from Pink Floyd's, โ€œThe Wallโ€ is played backwards, you can hear the phrase โ€œHello looker. Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont." As well as, "Roger! Carolyne's on the phone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empโ€ฆ
K9s are trained to sniff for hidden electronic devices like thumb drives, HDDs, phones and laptops. nextgov.com/cybersecurityโ€ฆ
More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets. According to a UN report from 2015, 2.5 billion of the world's 7 billion people lack access to a toilet, particularly in areas of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. While another report put the number of mobile phone users at 6 billion. blogs.worldbank.org/opendโ€ฆ
State laws for online gambling are not based on residence, but rather location, so many people cross state lines in their car, place a bet via their phones, and drive back home, and it is all completely legal herald-dispatch.com/businโ€ฆ
At the end of WW1 in 1918, when revolutionaries toppled the monarchy all across Germany, King Friedrich August III of Saxony was asked by phone if he would like to abdicate willingly. He just replied "Oh, well, I suppose I'd better" and thus Saxony became a republic. cachecoins.org/weissenfelโ€ฆ
โ€˜Ahoy-Hoyโ€™ was once the preferred way to answer the phone, as it was Alexander Graham Bellโ€™s preferred way to answer the phone. However Edison popularized 'Hello' because he thought it was easily heard and distinguished from other words. npr.org/sections/krulwichโ€ฆ
The owner of a brand name can lost their legal protection for it if people started using it as the common or generic name for a type of product or service. This is what happened to Cellophane, Escalator, Flip Phone, Frisbee, Hovercraft, Kerosene, Sellotape, Trampoline, and Videotape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
Number 4 (ๅ››; accounting ่‚†; pinyin sรฌ) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death" (ๆญป pinyin sว). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the "4": e.g., Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
Bears can be chased off by dogs, as they associate them with wolves, or humans. Where there's one wolf, there's usually a pack waiting. (Or some human with a gun/phone with animal control) bearwithus.org/understandโ€ฆ
In Finland people use the internet on their mobile phones ten times more than the OECD average because of the unlimited network access yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/newโ€ฆ
The โ€œmy phone is listening in on meโ€ meme is not entirely baseless: Study's findings suggest that eavesdropping activity would not be detected by current security mechanisms. Not only microphones, but also seemingly harmless motion sensors are a potential eavesdropping channel in smartphones. link.springer.com/chapterโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Harvard Sentences, a set of phonetically-balanced words used to test audio quality. It is used to test phone call quality, text-to-speech programming, and more. gizmodo.com/the-harvard-sโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Santino Ferrucci, a Formula 2 driver who forced his teammate off the track, deliberately drove into him and drove while holding his phone in one hand, all in a single Championship Sprint Race. racingnews.co/2018/07/13/โ€ฆ
A Russian Black widow bomber blew herself up when her phone company sent her a spam text message, causing her explosive device to explode prematurely. couriermail.com.au/news/sโ€ฆ
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/Staโ€ฆ
If you're an American needing to find an embassy in Austria, you can go to any McDonald's in the country and they will provide you a phone number and even a phone if you need it in order to contact the embassy. time.com/5591001/mcdonaldโ€ฆ
The song "867-5309/Jenny" produced a glut of prank calls to unlucky folks who happened to have that phone number across the country snopes.com/fact-check/867โ€ฆ
Various networks suggested the title of the show [Schitt's Creek] be changed to sound less profane. The Levys resisted and to prove their point, brought pages copied from a phone book showing listings for individuals with the "Schitt" surname. The CBC allowed them to keep the original title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schโ€ฆ
The Soviet Union had an internationally televised song contest. As few viewers had phones, they would turn their lights on if they liked a song and off if they didnโ€™t. The power spikes were recorded by the state energy company and the reports sent to the station to pick the winner. thetrumpet.com/11953-whatโ€ฆ
The town of Larkhall, Scotland has such a deep hatred for the color green that a Subway had to paint the outside of its shop black, green traffic lights are frequently vandalized and broken, green phone boxes were painted blue, and green railings were repainted red, white, and blue. independent.co.uk/news/ukโ€ฆ
, in 1915 William Wrigley invented direct marketing by mailing complimentary sticks of Doublemint gum to every household (1.5million) listed in every phone book in the states. He repeated that in 1919 mailing gum to 7 million households. money.cnn.com/magazines/fโ€ฆ
Mobile phone giant Gionee went bankrupt in 2018 when it's chairman lost $144 million gambling at a casino forcing the liquidation of the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gioโ€ฆ
The nokia 3210 was the first phone to sell 100 million units. It spotted the first mass market internal antenna, there games, and had a standby time of up to 11 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokโ€ฆ
In 2018, over 300 people drowned in Germany. The drownings have been linked to 'parents phone fixation.' In the past, parents spent more time with their children in the swimming pool. Increasingly, parents are fixated by phones and not paying attention to their children. theguardian.com/lifeandstโ€ฆ
Prior to 2003, if you changed wireless carriers, you would have to get a new phone number, since carriers were not required by law to transfer your phone number en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locโ€ฆ
Professional wrestler Tommy Dreamer considered committing murder-suicide at WrestleMania until a phone call from Jim Ross helped change his mind bodyslam.net/2019/06/25/tโ€ฆ
The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas". npr.org/2017/12/04/568393โ€ฆ
A cell phone contains 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Recent studies have found 17,000 bacterial gene copies on phones and also that Americans check their phones about 47 times per day. time.com/4908654/cell-phoโ€ฆ
Jack Black's older half brother, Neil Siegel, is a prolific computer scientist and engineer who has developed key systems for the US military and inventions that make GPS possible in our phones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neiโ€ฆ
A DC restaurateur received constant harassing phone calls for years, where a child's voice would threaten his family & friends' lives. His employee's son was attacked by random men & his home vandalized w/ threats. The FBI traced the calls to random phone booths all over DC latimes.com/archives/la-xโ€ฆ
For four years, Hugh Grant pretended to be his own talent agent under the name James Howe Ealy. He communicated with people via a fake email account and even disguised his voice with a Scottish accent on the phone. โ€œI saved myself an absolute fortune,โ€ he said. howardstern.com/show/2016โ€ฆ
In-N-Out Burger used to have a phone number where someone gave you directions to the nearest burger location latimes.com/archives/la-xโ€ฆ
The NES game 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' included a real phone number that players could call and hear a recording of Jessica Rabbit offering hints. The phone line was discontinued by 1990 and reassigned to a sex hotline some time before 2010. The original recording has since been lost. lostmediawiki.com/Who_Fraโ€ฆ
Hunter S. Thompson killed himself while being on the phone with his wife. She mistook the cocking of the gun for the sound of his typewriter keys and hung up as he fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunโ€ฆ
In the 80's a shipping container full of Garfield landlines fell overboard off the coast of France. To this day these phones are still found off the Britanny/Normandy coast. vice.com/en_us/article/43โ€ฆ
"Hit Me Baby One More Time" was written by a Swede who meant the chorus to mean "hit me up on the phone one more time" but mistranslated it ew.com/music/2018/10/23/bโ€ฆ
During a police standoff with a suspected murderer in 2010, former England footballer Paul Gascoigne turned up with a "can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep warm" for the suspect. theguardian.com/uk/2010/jโ€ฆ
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/โ€ฆ
Kraftwerk have a phone that doesnt ring that they answer at a specific time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraโ€ฆ
A Florida man used a cell phone jammer everyday while travelling to work because he didn't want drivers around him to be distracted on their phones. As a result, he was fined $48,000 by the FCC. theverge.com/2014/5/1/567โ€ฆ
In 1990, Using his knowledge of telephone systems, Kevin Poulsen, alias โ€œDark Dante,โ€ hacked the phone lines of a radio station to become the winning caller for a brand new Porsche. He was called the โ€œHannibal Lecterโ€ of computer crime by the media youtube.com/watch?v=FfKIdโ€ฆ

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