Bygone Era: The Prank Phone Call
Oh, this post "rang" so true with me. You see, I was once a mischievous youth. I know, I know--You can't picture it, this completely shocks you! But alas, it is true. My neighbor friend and I would spend hours dialing up unsuspecting people and subjecting them to our vocal talents.
Ahh, those were the good old days. We never did anything malicious or mean spirited (at least in our opinion). Many of our calls during summer months were to businesses where we would ask outlandish questions to see how they would respond, i.e., "Yes, an in-ground pool. No, no... I don't want it in the backyard. I want it in the front, with half of it in the garage with a partition I can swim under."
My favorite, however, was to don an Australian accent and state that I was an international operator with AT&T. We would crinkle some paper next to the microphone to make "static".
Me: "G'Day! I'm AT&T international operator #477. I have a collect call from Danny in Melbourne. Will you accept the charges?"
Them: "No! No!" (the usual answer).
Me: "I'm sorry, sir, this is a bad connection. Will you accept the charges?"
Them: "NO! I don't know anyone in Australia!"
Me: "Okay, one moment while I put the call through."
Me, different voice, same accent: "Hello, Uncle Taddy? Is that you?"
Them: CLICK or "Uhh, I said NO!"
We recorded most of our phone calls, which I now realize was illegal under Federal wiretapping laws, or some such regulation otherwise designed to protect peoples' privacy. 20/20 hindsight. We'd play back the "best-of" calls to entertain ourselves.
And, like the post above points out, this is a lost "art". Caller-ID has marked the end of an era.
Probably for the best. ;)