Convert Your Phone Number Generator
June 2, 2003 6:30 PM   Subscribe

Don't ring 638-234-5837 whatever you do: it's MetaFilter's phone number. Mine, I'm leasing to slippery old KY Jelly: 004-GEL-1-FUN. All this because - so I'm told by a French friend - you backward Americans actually still have letters on your telephones, along with the rotary lever to crank it up. [From LinkFilter.]
posted by Carlos Quevedo (17 comments total)
posted by F Mackenzie at 6:50 PM on June 2, 2003

Because Japanese has different pronounciations for the same number, depending on how it is used, you can make various words out of the first syllable of each number. The mnemonic for my telephone number is "you are really naive."

The security code to get into my previous office was "rice is really good."
posted by planetkyoto at 6:56 PM on June 2, 2003

posted by mcwetboy at 8:42 PM on June 2, 2003

Aw, this is the site where I discovered that my last four digits spelled "DANG".

A happy day in the Padraigin household, indeed. Thanks for the memories!
posted by padraigin at 9:47 PM on June 2, 2003

Carlos, don't you have a mobile phone? It's not just Americans who have letters on their phones. Text messaging would be a bit tricky otherwise!

FWIW, I used to have the number: BIGASS
posted by salmacis at 1:22 AM on June 3, 2003

you backward Americans actually still have letters on your telephones

Neither phone keypads (landline) nor the similar keypads on automatic teller machines have letters here in Korea, which makes in well-nigh fucking impossible to remember my keycodes for various accounts, or to enter the ones for old cards that I've known the 'word' for since decades back, but never memorized the corresponding numbers.

Dumber than monkeyshit not to put letters on the keys, in my humble. But that's just #3187 in a long, long list of pet peeves, so pay my vehemence no mind.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:18 AM on June 3, 2003

Ok, isn't Asia big on cell phones? So how do they send text messages from the buggering things if there is no letters on the bloody keypad?

I am constantly having to type peoples names in my number code in phone directories to find people's extensions at business I might call. Seems it would be kind of hard with no letters.
posted by benjh at 4:41 AM on June 3, 2003

not to mention how companies use worded telephone numbers for advertising and or so you can remember their # easily. 1-800-webhost for instance. it's also much easier to remember out of town cab co. #'s if their name is in the number - ie: 526-blue (blueline taxi)
posted by t r a c y at 5:15 AM on June 3, 2003

> how do they send text messages from the buggering things
> if there is no letters on the bloody keypad?

Us mutants do our messaging in binary.
posted by jfuller at 6:19 AM on June 3, 2003

Also, I'm not sure if you were joking about "backward Americans", but for what it's worth, Carlos: Rotary phones are incredibly rare here in the States. My parents have an old one, but they're the only people I know of that still do. (Hell, even my grandparents have replaced their rotaries now.)
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:57 AM on June 3, 2003

The phone I use for moblogging, like all Japanese cell phones, has both letters and hiragana.
posted by planetkyoto at 7:27 AM on June 3, 2003

When I bought my house last year, whenever the cordless ran out of juice, I'd have to use the rotary in the basement. I cut it out when I rewired the place, and now I just don't use the phone when the cordless runs out.
posted by notsnot at 8:11 AM on June 3, 2003

Oops, I (and benjh) misread Stavros' post. The landline phones don't have letters and characters, the cellphones (presumably) do.
posted by planetkyoto at 8:19 AM on June 3, 2003

I got a new phone number yesterday. The last four digits spell something, but in hacker-speak: 1337.
posted by Yogurt at 9:19 AM on June 3, 2003

Don't forget the the original:
posted by Fat Elvis at 10:18 AM on June 3, 2003

The phone number for the college computer center Help Desk I used to work at: TEL-LIES.

Nothing's better than honesty, if you ask me!
posted by vorfeed at 2:24 PM on June 3, 2003

Our phone number in college was (no joke) 825-CUNT. Top that.
posted by widdershins at 2:15 PM on June 4, 2003

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