The Last Of Us Dev Promises to Remove Phone Sex Numbers

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The "555" thing is a common misconception. Not only does it not work for 1-800 numbers, it actually only includes numbers that start with 555-01. Any other 555 number is apparently fair game. At least, it used to be. I wouldn't be surprised if the prevalence of the 555 trope has led phone companies to stop offering the others to new customers and anyone who needs to change their number.

Copper Zen:
This brings back memories.

Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny

When this song came out the artists just tossed in the phone number at random. Naturally the number's owner ended up getting thousands upon thousands of calls from people who were curious if it was "Jenny's" phone number for real.

The phone company was kind enough to change the poor shmuck's number for free, if I recall correctly.

It wasn't just one person; it was one for just about every area code in the country. I wonder if the phone companies have just all blacklisted that number from being used by anyone at this point, like the 555s.

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