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2014-01-31 11:49:37 AM
Great story subby!
 
2014-01-31 12:42:57 PM
Badass!
 
2014-01-31 12:43:55 PM
Some florid smelling sailor will follow you home?

/whistling?
 
2014-01-31 01:05:51 PM
My buddy works for Weiden+Kennedy and did some work on this campaign.  It doesn't surprise me that they'd be behind something novel like this.  Plus, those Old Spice ads are awesome.
 
2014-01-31 01:10:57 PM
Now he smells like a man, and they treat him like one.
 
2014-01-31 01:12:27 PM
Great story, but "24" did this years ago.. (sans the Superbowl tickets).
 
2014-01-31 01:14:11 PM
i613.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-31 01:15:13 PM
Yeah but at halftime he will take a 40 minute shower and miss the second half of the game
 
2014-01-31 01:18:10 PM
You can contribute to a viral marketing campaign?
 
2014-01-31 01:19:06 PM
In addition to the tickets, Knowlton will get ...$2,500 to offset taxes

This is honestly the most badass part of the story. He'll probably still owe something, but it wouldn't surprise me they calculated it pretty close and his final tax bill comes out to be ~$20.
 
2014-01-31 01:19:47 PM
I would sell the tickets.  Who wants to go freeze their ass off and pay god who knows what for a beer.  I'm going to have a good time instead.
 
2014-01-31 01:20:35 PM
I'm on a horse.
I believe in my smelf.
 
2014-01-31 01:22:21 PM

GrailOfThunder: Great story, but "24" did this years ago.. (sans the Superbowl tickets).


Before that, Kid in the Hall:

24.media.tumblr.com

Before that,  Ghostbusters

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080910170453AAG3N84
 
2014-01-31 01:22:37 PM
Odor blocker!  block block block block block!!!
 
2014-01-31 01:26:20 PM

BafflerMeal: GrailOfThunder: Great story, but "24" did this years ago.. (sans the Superbowl tickets).

Before that, Kid in the Hall:



Before that,  Ghostbusters

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080910170453AAG3N84


Bellini!!! I want to poke Bellini!

That's a blast from the past I didn't expect today.

/50 Helens agree- thanks
 
2014-01-31 01:26:21 PM
I love this line from TFA:

Knowlton, a movie buff, said since the number didn't have the "555" exchange that often signals the fakes found on TV, and he thought it was likely real, so he called it.

Because that's such an obscure thing only a "movie buff" would know.
 
2014-01-31 01:26:41 PM
So, this guy who wins is a producer for a "Video News Company" in Manhattan. And the story gets national coverage.

Yeah, this wasn't rigged at all.
 
2014-01-31 01:30:24 PM
$500 will get him one Super Bowl beer.
 
2014-01-31 01:31:35 PM
http://bazoomer.com/
 
2014-01-31 01:31:59 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: BafflerMeal: GrailOfThunder: Great story, but "24" did this years ago.. (sans the Superbowl tickets).

Before that, Kid in the Hall:

Before that,  Ghostbusters

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080910170453AAG3N84

Bellini!!! I want to poke Bellini!

That's a blast from the past I didn't expect today.

/50 Helens agree- thanks


Me an my roommates at the time nearly killed ourselves trying to get to the phone once we realized what was going on.  Sadly, while this phone number was not the kind of evil that wouldn't help an old lady across the street...  IT WAS EVIL NONE THE LESS!

/Hecubus, have you seen 'Presumed Innocent?'
 
2014-01-31 01:47:15 PM

GrailOfThunder: Great story, but "24" did this years ago.. (sans the Superbowl tickets).


so did Heroes - anytime you see a real number on tv now it is part of a larger marketing campaign

/works in marketing
 
2014-01-31 01:52:01 PM
At some point 867-5309 was a legit number in central PA.  I think it was a plumbing business.
 
2014-01-31 01:57:04 PM

Krustofsky: At some point 867-5309 was a legit number in central PA.  I think it was a plumbing business.


It was a legit number in many area codes.

/Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?
 
2014-01-31 02:05:29 PM

Flt209er: In addition to the tickets, Knowlton will get ...$2,500 to offset taxes

This is honestly the most badass part of the story. He'll probably still owe something, but it wouldn't surprise me they calculated it pretty close and his final tax bill comes out to be ~$20.


Except that he'll get taxed on the $2,500 as well. I still think it's cool, though. I should really stop ignoring things like this, it sounds...
 
2014-01-31 02:24:44 PM
Please not a Spice Girls reunion.
 
2014-01-31 02:37:54 PM
When I use Old Spice deodorant my armpits smell like a BK Whopper by lunch time.
/worst deodorant ever
 
2014-01-31 02:46:13 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Some florid smelling sailor will follow you home?

/whistling?


Could it be "Mack the Knife"?

/Old reference.
 
2014-01-31 02:55:16 PM
I bet 500$ would only get you 50 superbowl beers and small 12oz cups at that.
 
2014-01-31 02:58:01 PM

MyNameIsMofuga: When I use Old Spice deodorant my armpits smell like a BK Whopper by lunch time.
/worst deodorant ever


Its about the only one I can use.  All the others seem to have Aluminum Stearate in them which I apparently am allergic, get rash on underarm any time I use deodorant with  Aluminum Stearate
 
2014-01-31 03:08:30 PM
Baby Jesus cries whenever anyone writes a currency amount in U.S. dollars with the dollar sign after the number.
 
2014-01-31 03:21:08 PM
Pretty clever advertising. Not sure what I'd do with Super Bowl tickets though. Sell then on eBay I guess, I can think of a million things I'd rather do than go to a football game full of crowds of noisy people.
 
2014-01-31 03:23:20 PM

Krustofsky: At some point 867-5309 was a legit number in central PA.  I think it was a plumbing business.


Still is in my area, or was as of a year or two ago. Dial it with a 425 area code and it goes to some dude's voicemail singing the song.
 
2014-01-31 03:24:45 PM
"be sure to drink your Ovaltine"?
 
2014-01-31 03:58:32 PM

show me: /Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?


Mostly historical reasons. Back when phones were literally wired together by people sitting in front of huge panels of wires and sockets, 10,000 numbers was a practical limit of the technology (A 100x100 switchboard) so numbers tended to be 4 digits.

When that wasn't enough, a three digit prefix to identify the station/region was added.

Eventually that wasn't enough, so they added an area code as well.
=Smidge=
 
2014-01-31 04:26:17 PM

Smidge204: show me: /Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?

Mostly historical reasons. Back when phones were literally wired together by people sitting in front of huge panels of wires and sockets, 10,000 numbers was a practical limit of the technology (A 100x100 switchboard) so numbers tended to be 4 digits.

When that wasn't enough, a three digit prefix to identify the station/region was added.

Eventually that wasn't enough, so they added an area code as well.
=Smidge=


can you explain why old area codes always had a zero or one as the second digit?

/leading question
 
2014-01-31 04:36:29 PM

Mikey1969: Flt209er: In addition to the tickets, Knowlton will get ...$2,500 to offset taxes

This is honestly the most badass part of the story. He'll probably still owe something, but it wouldn't surprise me they calculated it pretty close and his final tax bill comes out to be ~$20.

Except that he'll get taxed on the $2,500 as well. I still think it's cool, though. I should really stop ignoring things like this, it sounds...


Oh, absolutely. But tax on the $2.5K will just get withheld from the $2.5K; it won't require him to cut a check to the IRS for money he might not have. Hopefully the remainder will cover the tax on the non-cash parts of the prize; but even if it doesn't he's still getting a a trip to the superbowl cheap.
 
2014-01-31 04:59:13 PM

mekkab: Smidge204: show me: /Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?

Mostly historical reasons. Back when phones were literally wired together by people sitting in front of huge panels of wires and sockets, 10,000 numbers was a practical limit of the technology (A 100x100 switchboard) so numbers tended to be 4 digits.

When that wasn't enough, a three digit prefix to identify the station/region was added.

Eventually that wasn't enough, so they added an area code as well.
=Smidge=

can you explain why old area codes always had a zero or one as the second digit?

/leading question


So the set of all area codes and the set of all exchanges would be mutually exclusive?
 
2014-01-31 04:59:58 PM
Hm.  I thought it would be an adult sex call featuring the Old Spice guy.  "Look at your dick, now back to my dick... My dick is now diamonds."
 
2014-01-31 05:05:18 PM

mekkab: Smidge204: show me: /Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?

Mostly historical reasons. Back when phones were literally wired together by people sitting in front of huge panels of wires and sockets, 10,000 numbers was a practical limit of the technology (A 100x100 switchboard) so numbers tended to be 4 digits.

When that wasn't enough, a three digit prefix to identify the station/region was added.

Eventually that wasn't enough, so they added an area code as well.
=Smidge=

can you explain why old area codes always had a zero or one as the second digit?

/leading question


I'd guess it's a relic of the rotary phone, 1 being the shortest dial and 0 the longest. Though not sure what this would accomplish beyond making some codes faster to dial.
 
2014-01-31 05:11:14 PM

show me: Krustofsky: At some point 867-5309 was a legit number in central PA.  I think it was a plumbing business.

It was a legit number in many area codes.

/Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?


Its still a legit number.  I remember someone selling theirs on eBay years ago.  Some business bought it for quite a bit of money, if I'm remembering correctly.
 
2014-01-31 10:00:00 PM
This thread is quite the melange. Keep it flowing.
 
2014-01-31 10:08:31 PM

Krustofsky: At some point 867-5309 was a legit number in central PA.  I think it was a plumbing business.


In Rhode Island it is Gem Plumbing.  They make a big deal about it and everything.
 
2014-02-01 01:04:44 PM

mekkab: Smidge204: show me: /Gee, why do we have area codes anyway?

Mostly historical reasons. Back when phones were literally wired together by people sitting in front of huge panels of wires and sockets, 10,000 numbers was a practical limit of the technology (A 100x100 switchboard) so numbers tended to be 4 digits.

When that wasn't enough, a three digit prefix to identify the station/region was added.

Eventually that wasn't enough, so they added an area code as well.
=Smidge=

can you explain why old area codes always had a zero or one as the second digit?

/leading question


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Numbering_Plan#Numbering _s ystem

www.mediabistro.com
 
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