awkward @howtobeprada imagine if you called the wrong number and mom? no this is Morgan freeman Reply Retweet Favorite voroxpete arctic-hands therobotmonster kuroba101 prismatic-bell HERE’S THE THING THOUGH I used to work for a call center and I was doing a political survey and I called this number that was randomly generated for me and the way our system worked was voice-activated so when the other person said hello you’d get connected to them so I just launch right into my “Harvard University and NPR blah blah blah” thing and then there’s this long pause and I think the person’s hung up even though I didn’t hear a click And then I hear “you shouldn’t be able to call this number” So I apologize and go into the preset spiel about because we aren’t selling anything etc etc and the answer I get is “No I know that What I mean is that it should be impossible for you to call this number and I need to know how you got it” I explain that it’s randomly generated and I’m very sorry for bothering him and go to hang up And before I can click terminate I hear “Ma’am this is a matter of national security” I accidentally called the director of the FBI My job got investigated because a computer randomly spit out a number to the Pentagon This is my new favourite story When I was in college I got a job working for a company that manages major air-travel data It was a temp gig working their out of date system while they moved over to a new one since my knowing MS Dos apparently made me qualified There was no MS Dos involved Instead there was a proprietary type-based OS and an actually-uses-transistors refrigerator-sized computer with switches I had to trip at certain times during the night as I watched the data flow from six pm to six AM on Fridays and weekends If things got stuck I reset the server The company handled everything from low-end data hotel and car reservations to flight plans and tower information I was weighed every time I came in to make sure it was me Areas of the building had retina scanners on doors During training they took us through all the procedures Including the procedures for the red phone There was literally a red phone on the shelf above my desk “This is a holdover from the cold war” They said “It isn’t going to come up but here’s the deal In case of nuclear war or other nation-wide disaster the phone will ring Pick up the phone state your name and station and await instructions Do whatever you are told” So my third night there it’s around 2am and there’s a ringing sound I look up slowly The Red phone is ringing So I reach out I pick up the phone I give my name and station number And I hear every station head in the building do the exact same One after another voices giving names and numbers Then silence for the space of two breaths Silence broken by… “Uh… Is Shantavia there?” It turns out that every toll free 1-900 or priority number has a corresponding local number that it routs to at its actual destination Some poor teenage girl was trying to dial a friend of hers mixed up the numbers and got the atomic attack alert line for a major air-travel corporation’s command center in the mid-west United States There’s another pause and the guys over in the main data room are cracking up The overnight site head is saying “I think you have the wrong number ma’am” and I’m standing there having faced the specter of nuclear annihilation before I was old enough to legally drink The red phone never rang again while I was there so the people doing my training were only slightly wrong in their estimation of how often the doomsday phone would ring Every time I try to find this story I end up having to search google with a variety of terms that I’m sure have gotten me flagged by some watchlist so I’m reblogging it again where I swear I’ve reblogged it before But none of these stories even come close to the best one of them all a wrong number is how the NORAD Santa Tracker got started Seriously this is legit In December 1955 Sears decided to run a Santa hotline Here’s the ad they posted Only problem is they misprinted the number And the number they printed? It went straight through to fucking NORAD This was in the middle of the Cold War when early warning radar was the only thing keeping nuclear annihilation at bay NORAD was the front line And it wasn’t just any number at NORAD Oh no no no Terri remembers her dad had two phones on his desk including a red one “Only a four-star general at the Pentagon and my dad had the number” she says “This was the ‘50s this was the Cold War and he would have been the first one to know if there was an attack on the United States” Rick says The red phone rang one day in December 1955 and Shoup answered it Pam says “And then there was a small voice that just asked ‘Is this Santa Claus?’ ” His children remember Shoup as straight-laced and disciplined and he was annoyed and upset by the call and thought it was a joke — but then Terri says the little voice started crying “And Dad realized that it wasn’t a joke” her sister says “So he talked to him ho-ho-ho’d and asked if he had been a good boy and ‘May I talk to your mother?’ And the mother got on and said ‘You haven’t seen the paper yet? There’s a phone number to call Santa It’s in the Sears ad’ Dad looked it up and there it was his red phone number And they had children calling one after another so he put a couple of airmen on the phones to act like Santa Claus” “It got to be a big joke at the command center You know ‘The old man’s really flipped his lid this time We’re answering Santa calls’ ” Terri says And then it got better “The airmen had this big glass board with the United States on it and Canada and when airplanes would come in they would track them” Pam says “And Christmas Eve of 1955 when Dad walked in there was a drawing of a sleigh with eight reindeer coming over the North Pole” Rick says “Dad said ‘What is that?’ They say ‘Colonel we’re sorry We were just making a joke Do you want us to take that down?’ Dad looked at it for a while and next thing you know Dad had called the radio station and had said ‘This is the commander at the Combat Alert Center and we have an unidentified flying object Why it looks like a sleigh’ Well the radio stations would call him like every hour and say ‘Where’s Santa now?’ ” Terri says For real “And later in life he got letters from all over the world people saying ‘Thank you Colonel’ for having you know this sense of humor And in his 90s he would carry those letters around with him in a briefcase that had a lock on it like it was top-secret information” she says “You know he was an important guy but this is the thing he’s known for” “Yeah” Rick his son says “it’s probably the thing he was proudest of too” So yeah I think that might be the best wrong number of all time Source httpwwwnprorg20141219371647099norads-santa-tracker-began-with-a-typo-and-a-good-sport Meme











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