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
Baseball hall of famer Larry Walker was fixated on the number 3. He wore number 33, was married on November 3 at 3:33 and his phone number had โ€œas many threes as the phone company would allow.โ€ In 1993, he signed a $3 million contract mensjournal.com/sports/10โ€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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Samsung tests Phone durability with a robot butt. techradar.com/news/samsunโ€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
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
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
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
Today I learned of a teen that was prosecuted as an adult for having naked images โ€“ of himself โ€“ on phone. The court claimed he exploited himself and therefore must be punished so that the other party (himself) is satisfied. theguardian.com/us-news/2โ€ฆ
US Senate Pages are not allowed to have cell phones or use the Internet for anything besides school en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniโ€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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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-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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
India installed the world's highest public telephone booth on the 20,000-foot Siachen Glacier in the Himalayas, so soldiers could phone home. deseret.com/1997/11/4/193โ€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
Kraftwerk have a phone that doesnt ring that they answer at a specific time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraโ€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
Nomadic Maasai herders in Kenya's savanna use mobile phones to alert each other to dangerous wildlife, and those with basic phones call friends with smartphones to find out the weather forecast mediashift.org/2017/07/saโ€ฆ
Pablo Escobar's Holding Company Sells a Fold-able Phone Which Comes With a Copy of His Auto-Biography Titled "I Made Billions Selling Coke Now My Smartphones Will Destroy Apple and Samsung" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escโ€ฆ
Names like escalator, heroin, flip phone, and videotape where all once trademarked before they were genericized which is when a trademark becomes so important and synonymous with a type of product that it becomes a generic term en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€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
FEMA tweeted a 1-800 phone sex talk line when they meant to tweet a 1-888 Hurricane Irma helpline. They soon tweeted the correct one, but some hurricane victims had already dialed in to hear: โ€œWelcome to Americaโ€™s hottest talk line. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you." miamiherald.com/news/natiโ€ฆ
Today I learned of The Golden State Killer, a serial killer who committed more than 120 alleged burglaries, 50 assaults, and 13 murders in California. His operated from 1974-1986. There was a 5-year gap between his last 2 murders. He would phone and taunt his victims. A suspect was arrested in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golโ€ฆ
AN Illinois judge issues 6 months jail time for "loud and boisterous" yawn... To the defendants cousin. He also jailed people who swore or if their phones went off in court... nbcchicago.com/news/localโ€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
Garfield phones have been washing up on a beach in France for over 20 years. A shipping container fell off the cargo ship in a storm and the locals can do nothing about it. cbsnews.com/news/garfieldโ€ฆ
We use the term cellular phone instead of mobile phone because each wireless tower and its coverage map looks like a biological cell gizmodo.com/why-do-we-useโ€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
On August 4, 1922, phone service across the United States and Canada was suspended for one minute to honor Alexander Graham Bell's funeral with a moment of silence. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€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
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
A Polish environmental charity put a SIM card in a GPS tracker to follow the migratory pattern of a white stork. They lost track of the stork and later received a phone bill for $2,700; someone in Sudan had taken the SIM from the tracker and made over 20 hours of calls. theregister.co.uk/2018/07โ€ฆ
In 1998 Neil Whitehouse was sentenced to a year in jail for using a cell phone on a British Airways flight. theguardian.com/uk/1999/jโ€ฆ
There are still people paying a monthly fee to lease their wired phone komonews.com/news/consumeโ€ฆ
The practice of playing music for callers on hold began with a faulty phone line connection. A loose wire touching the steel frame of an office building caused it to act as a giant radio receiver, allowing callers to hear music from local radio stations while they waited on hold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musโ€ฆ
The generic sounding "ACME" business name is a result of companies taking advantage of alphabetized order when phone books became common. This common name lead to it being parodied in Looney Tunes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acmโ€ฆ
When Jimmy Carter got elected President, he got a phone call from Elvis Presley. "He was totally stoned and didn't know what he was saying. His sentences were almost incoherent". newyorker.com/books/doublโ€ฆ
Airline companies have had to redesign seats due to phones being crushed and catching fire in flights after falling down the seat. itnews.com.au/news/busineโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Mariz Abril, a scammer in the Philippines who has allegedly sextorted $29,000 from at least 24 men in the US and driven another to suicide. Despite authorities having a name, phone numbers and a specific location, he has never been punished. thedailybeast.com/sextortโ€ฆ
In Florida, using a two-way communication device (phone, radio) while committing a felony or misdemeanor, creates an additional felony or misdemeanor charge of "Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device" richardhornsby.com/crimesโ€ฆ
The band Chicago was so fond of cocaine that during a tour in the 1970's they put a fake phone booth on stage called the "Snortitorium" so they could do lines mid-concert without going backstage. decider.com/2018/01/19/noโ€ฆ
One of Hamas' bombmakers was killed using a cellphone bomb - his phone blew up mid-call to his dad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahโ€ฆ
The phone system's three rising tones (Special Information Tone, or SIT) comes in 8 varieties that are similar but can be distinguished by electronic equipment. It was designed so equipment could identify the error, even without understanding the spoken message. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speโ€ฆ
Before Kosovo was granted its own calling code, landline phones used the Serbian one, while mobile operators used the Monaco and Slovenia calling codes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telโ€ฆ
Docomo is the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan. The name is officially an abbreviation of the phrase, "DO COmmunications over the MObile network", and is also from the compound word dokomo, which means "everywhere" in Japanese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTTโ€ฆ
Nazi Germany had a public video phone system that connected Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, and Hamburg with broadband coaxial cable in the 1930s. It cost ~1/6 a British Pound, 1/15 the weekly average wage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisโ€ฆ
The first camera phone was sold 20 years ago. The Kyocera VP-210 was released in 1999. The phone had an 0.11MP camera and could take up to 20 pictures before its onboard storage was full. androidauthority.com/firsโ€ฆ
In South Korea it is illegal to sell phones with unremovable software that is not critical to system operation or maintenance. zdnet.com/article/south-kโ€ฆ
The first virus to hit computers running Microsoft's operating system came in 1986, when two brothers in Pakistan wrote a boot sector program now dubbed "Brain" - purportedly to punish people who spread pirated software. It displayed the phone number of the brothers' computer shop for repairs. smh.com.au/technology/firโ€ฆ
, while Mother's Day has the highest number of phone calls, the most collect calls are made on Father's Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colโ€ฆ
That, while hospitalized after a 2008 plane crash, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was in so much pain that he repeatedly called friends and offered them one million dollars to assist him in committing suicide. Hospital staff eventually took his phone away. nme.com/news/music/blink-โ€ฆ
A Brazilian electronics company is legally allowed to call their phone 'iPhone' because they trademarked the word in 2000, 7 years prior to Apple's iPhone. The phone runs on Android. theverge.com/2013/9/25/47โ€ฆ
The first analog, acoustic telephone was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago in Peru. It was made of two gourds connected by 75 feet of twine, similar to the phones kids make with tin cans and string. It's in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. smithsonianmag.com/smithsโ€ฆ
Ernest Hemingway had often complained the FBI was tracking him, but was dismissed by friends and family as paranoid. Years after his death released FBI files showed he had been on heavy surveillance, with the FBI following him and bugging his phones for nearly the final 20 years of his life nytimes.com/2011/07/02/opโ€ฆ
Mark Davis, the principal owner of the Oakland Raiders who is worth $500 million dollars regularly eats at PF Chang's, drives a 1997 Dodge Caravan and uses a 2003 Nokia phone. businessinsider.com/raideโ€ฆ
The Kyrgyz are not poor. Though paper money is almost nonexistent, many campsโ€™ herds contain hundreds of valuable animals. The basic unit of Kyrgyz currency is a sheep. A cell phone costs one sheep. A yak costs about 10 sheep. A high-quality horse is 50. The going rate for a bride is 100. nationalgeographic.com/maโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Cat Phone. In 1929, Ernest Wever and Charles Bray, Princeton researchers, turned a live cat into a working telephone. They removed part of the catโ€™s skull to add an electrode to the right auditory nerve and to another part of the catโ€™s body. Speech was transmitted with great fidelity. researchgate.net/publicatโ€ฆ

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