Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Prank Calls, R.I.P...
The Prank Phone Call!
I do feel a bit sorry for the kids growing up today, as they will never get to fully experience the amazingness of it!
In today's world, where everyone has a cell phone, clearly you see every number that is calling you.
But boy, oh boy...did we have fun back in the day!
Remember disguising your voice to try to make your prepubescent tone sound much older, and then asking a random neighbor if their refrigerator is running? And when they said 'yes,' you responded with, "Well, then you better go catch it!"?
Some people were a little more cruel with their prank calls. I remember being at a friend's house for a sleepover, and one of the more 'rebellious' kids among us decided that it would be fun to order a pizza for the neighbors across the street.
We would then spy ever-so-carefully out the window, watching the pizza guy walk up to their door, only to see their shocked faces: "We didn't order any pizza!"
So many varieties:
You could whisper in an eery, soft tone.
You could just randomly keep calling and then hanging up on people.
You could pretend to be from a radio station, telling them they won a prize!
Prank calls worked SO well back then, before we had Caller ID, because you had NO CLUE who was calling you. The element of surprise made people automatically answer their phones! (you know...if by chance your bookie WAS calling, you needed to pick that phone up!)
One of the most amazing calls my friends and I ever made occurred late on a weekend night. We just picked a random phone number out of the phone book, (eesh...remember when phone books where also a necessity...WAY before the internet) Anyway...
We picked a random number from the phone book. First, I would call and say, "Hello is Stacy home?"
"No, I think you have the wrong number..."
"Oh, I'm sorry. Are you sure? Is this 555-1234?"
"Yes, but there is nobody here by the name of Stacy."
"I apologize. Have a good evening."
Then, 10 minutes later, another one of us (a girl this time...so that the voice is clearly different) would call: "Hi, is Stacy home?"
And the same conversation would take place, although this time the person we called was a little more annoyed. "No, There is no Stacy here...are you sure you have the right number???"
Another 10 minutes would pass and a 3rd friend would call back and ask for Stacy. By now, the person on the other end is irritated. "Look, there is no Stacy living here! I don't know where you got this number, but it doesn't belong to a Stacy!"
Finally, about 5 minutes later, my friend Jennifer called the same phone number (now, being the 4th call) and when the contact answered the phone, she responded:
"Hi, this is Stacy. Did anyone call for me?"
I still find this HILARIOUS! The person was so pissed off. I will never forget seeing Jennifer's face as she was getting screamed at through the handset!
But the BEST part is that they had no idea where we were, or how to find us in order to STRANGLE US TO DEATH for our rude prank!
What....a nice memory.
I realize that in today's world you can still pull of a nice prank phone call, but it takes much more work and planning. Most people do not pick up their phones anymore for random unknown calls
So...take that you young kids of today! We old folks got to experience this great joy in life.
Suck on that!