quote:Who came up with the idea of 555-XXXX phone numbers you always hear on tv and in the movies, the phone company?
I can answer this one. A thousand years ago [I'm just kiddin' ] A few years ago, actors/actressess used to call out any number in a story line...maybe while they were in a fake telephone booth or they pretend to give out a number to another actor and what happened was.....the numbers were actually REAL numbers for REAL PEOPLE in the REAL world So the producers decided [with the cooperation of the telephone company] to start using dummy numbers....beginning with "555" which are numbers that in real life doesn't exist/or work. That way it would keep the t.v./movies producers from being SUED. Cuz believe it or not, folks were ACTUALLY calling those numbers looking for "Mannix" or "Dr. Kildare" and other television/movie personalities...which I think is a hoot cuz didn't they know that the numbers only work on t.v./in the movies.....not in REAL LIFE? But! Apparently not..and as a result of that is why they began using "dummy/fake" numbers.