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February 26, 2002 6:46 AM   Subscribe

Can't remember your phone number? At the phonespell.org website you can get a list of all the possible word combinations made by your phone number. If you have 1's and 0's in your number, the possibilities are fewer.
posted by altojen (34 comments total)

 
I always wanted the number 628-2726.
posted by daveadams at 7:07 AM on February 26, 2002


They log your IP and any digits you enter. Says so in the FAQ.
posted by techgnollogic at 7:09 AM on February 26, 2002


When I was in college, my phone number was 334-HUCK. So close, so close...

My girlfriend's number was 334-MEAN. My parents couldn't remember my number, so they left messages for me with her.
posted by ColdChef at 7:10 AM on February 26, 2002


Also, a nice drunken activity is calling people and letting them know which dirty words can be made using their number. Believe me, most people are HAPPY to find out their number is 321-FART.

Most common response: "Oh, cool. Thanks."
posted by ColdChef at 7:12 AM on February 26, 2002


I'm proud to admit I've got the queen mother of all naughty phone numbers. 382-5968.

The downside is that at least once a day, someone calls me and says they were paged to my number. If I'm in a good mood, I'll explain it to them, if I'm in a bad mood, I'll hang up =) Also, there's the occasional drunken teenager who calls me up to inform me of just what it spells.

But I keep the number anyway, because its a fun story to tell to girls in bars. =)
posted by GeekAnimator at 7:26 AM on February 26, 2002


MeFi/MeTa hotline: 382-5948? (Couldn't resist. Sorry.)
posted by mcwetboy at 7:28 AM on February 26, 2002


I had friends who were Morrissey-loving souls who actually went out and bought 723-2697 - SAD-BOYS
posted by panopticon at 7:45 AM on February 26, 2002


Cool! "SEXY WOP"

My wife's Italian.

She'll be so....ummm, pleased...or something...
posted by jalexei at 7:49 AM on February 26, 2002


my number (821-3155) doesn't work...i'm not sure if i'm happy or sad about this.
posted by s.carrier at 7:59 AM on February 26, 2002


SAFE-LAB was the most memorable number I ever had, although I did know a girl who managed to get RED-MARS.

Tangent.... Many years ago, in the 613 Warez scene, there was a world-class BBS known as The Ghostship. It was infamous for it's CD-jukebox, and many-noded ringdown with 2 (2!) 14400 high-speed lines.

The local computer crime division were trying desperately to locate this board and shut it down, but they were unable to get it's phone number, even after many many months of investigation.

They did bring it down eventually, but only a disgruntled warez kiddie ratted out the board, in return for charges brought against him bring dropped.

The phone number of the world-renouned Ghostship, that the police searched for in vain for years? GHOSTIE.
posted by Jairus at 8:10 AM on February 26, 2002


I always wanted the number 628-2726.

oat-bran?
posted by internal at 8:12 AM on February 26, 2002


What an absolutely brilliant way for some telemarketer to collect valid phone numbers (after filtering out "nasty word" entries")!!!
posted by mischief at 8:14 AM on February 26, 2002


you folks that have your location field filled out on your member page and are also posting the last 7 digits of your phone number here realize that you just posted your phone number to thousands of people, right?
posted by machaus at 8:19 AM on February 26, 2002


oat-bran?

Precisely.

My office phone is VENOM-90. Cooool.
posted by daveadams at 8:23 AM on February 26, 2002


Reminds me of the Whad'ya Know phone call thing.
posted by ParisParamus at 8:23 AM on February 26, 2002


Neither my home nor my work phone numbers spell anything.

A friend of mine who used to live in NYC was rather proud of his, though, which was SODOMY-9.
posted by kindall at 8:34 AM on February 26, 2002


you folks that have your location field filled out on your member page and are also posting the last 7 digits of your phone number here realize that you just posted your phone number to thousands of people, right?

eh, so maybe I'll get a stalker or two. who knows, maybe one of them will be cute! =)

Oh yeah, I'll be moving in a couple months and will probably be changing my number. Anybody in the Toledo, OH area want a phone number that spells out FUCK-YOU?
posted by GeekAnimator at 8:43 AM on February 26, 2002


867-5309
posted by sharksandwich at 9:11 AM on February 26, 2002


867-5309

Jenny, is that you?
posted by zempf at 9:17 AM on February 26, 2002


you folks that have your location field filled out on your member page and are also posting the last 7 digits of your phone number here realize that you just posted your phone number to thousands of people, right?

There's already enough information on my profile page to narrow me down to four possible phone numbers. A minor amount of research on this site or my website would give you all the rest of the information you'd need.

Not that I'm issuing a challenge.
posted by daveadams at 9:21 AM on February 26, 2002


you folks that have your location field filled out on your member page and are also posting the last 7 digits of your phone number here realize that you just posted your phone number to thousands of people, right?

Actually, after I typed in my digits and submitted, to no avail I might add, the thought occurred to me that I just gave my number away to billions of telemarketers who are probably funding this site. My question to ya'll: Is this possible, and we're all idiots, or am I just being too cynical?
posted by BlueTrain at 9:22 AM on February 26, 2002


Jenny lived near me when I was a kid. That's the Saratoga, CA prefix.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:23 AM on February 26, 2002


There are much easier ways of getting phone numbers than using a page like that (which doesn't collect area codes!).
posted by daveadams at 9:41 AM on February 26, 2002


I used to have the number BIG ASS. Shame I moved, really.
posted by salmacis at 10:01 AM on February 26, 2002


Friend's pager was WET-CASH. I was envious.
posted by Hankins at 10:26 AM on February 26, 2002


I just gave up RUB-A-JEW. It makes me sad to lose it.
posted by argybarg at 10:28 AM on February 26, 2002


While I realize that particular page does not collect area codes, I was imagining one that did. It would be a perfect way to collect phone numbers that targeted the "active Internet user" demographic.
posted by mischief at 10:31 AM on February 26, 2002


You can reach me at EAT A HAT
posted by donovan at 11:40 AM on February 26, 2002


I think I have the best phone number... not that the F*** you one wasn't good, but... check this one out:

384-5666 ...

So many possibilities... the most prominently hilarious being "EVIL 666"... Oh, and dial it on your phone sometime.. it plays mary had a little lamb ... or.. mary SACRIFICED a little lamb?! ;-)
posted by twiggy at 12:12 PM on February 26, 2002


A friends number was 64-IDIOT, and if you were on campus you could just dial IDIOT
posted by Cuppatea at 12:16 PM on February 26, 2002


I realize that particular page does not collect area codes

Sure it does, if you put in a 10-digit phone number.
posted by kindall at 12:53 PM on February 26, 2002


TOFU HAT. Makes no sense, but hard to forget.
posted by Samsonov14 at 1:05 PM on February 26, 2002


Mine sucks! Can I sue?
posted by HTuttle at 1:32 PM on February 26, 2002


If it collects numbers for spamly purposes then I sure hope they filter some stuff out. I just plugged in about 20 numbers for the D.C., NYC, L.A., Chicago and Detroit PDs fraud prevention lines, some State Attorneys General and the FTC, FBI, CIA and White House.

Childish, I know, but I was pissed, none of my phone numbers were very interesting.
posted by m@ at 1:36 PM on February 26, 2002


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