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Stories (Part 1)

These personal anecdotes show the personal side of phone mnemonics. A mnemonic which has personal significance to you is a good mnemonic. Chances are that it will stick in your mind for the rest of your life.

Beep Beep

From: _______@____.com
Subject: A story and a suggestion
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 14:24:00 


My daughter, home alone, bored and wistful, took to sending 
messages in code to my beeper.  I used your site to decode 
them, which encouraged her to send more:

  45683968        I love you
  26634663        come home
  44323           hi dad
  23372337        beep beep
  4588869323      I luv u, my dad

For the last one shown above, perhaps your decoder should 
include 588 = LUV...?  The only three digit decodings I got 
were jut and LTV.

Thank you very much.

Karl Lofgren
Chief Scientist
Western Digital Corporation

Talk about Oops

From: _______@______.org
Subject: Talk about clueless
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 16:05:10 

Soon after our marriage, my ex-husband and I both started side 
businesses, based out of our home. I did graphic design and 
publicity for local rock bands. He did sound engineering for 
bands at clubs and concerts.
We decided to make up some joint business stationery and needed 
a name that would cover both of our services. I figured out 
that the last four numbers of our phone number spelled "TALK" 
and so we called his part of the business "Talk About Sound" 
and my part "Talk About Publicity." It wasn't a bad solution, 
but imagine my frustration when I discovered (much later,
unfortunately) that the first three letters of the phone number 
just happened to spell a word that would have fit both of our 

444-8255 spells "GIG-TALK."

I wish I'd had your website back then.

Joy Freeman


From: _______@aol.com
Subject: Phone Number Stories   
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 04:29:47 EST

I wouldn't have imagined that a person could have phone number 
stories but my husband does.  One long and boring evening, my 
husband started seeing what he could make out of his number.  
Suddenly the message was clear!  535-5639 translates into 
JFK-KNEW!  Unfortunately, he's never had a number that good 


From: Ivo 
Subject: dutch national number for the police
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 15:24:22 +0200


in the Netherlands there is a national number to call the 
police if you don't have an emergency. The number is 0900-8844 
what makes 0900-tuig.

tuig is a word similar to scum...  

nb - it was too late to stop the campaign, LOL 


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