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Old Yesterday, 04:03 PM
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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Originally Posted by Ttark View Post
Years ago (at least 20) when we were still on 1AESS (US Worst) the phone would sometimes ring and when I'd answer I'd get plopped into the middle of somebody else's (completely random) call. It had to do with how three-way calling was implemented on that switch. Your voice path wouldn't be connected so you could yell and scream at them as much as you wanted but they wouldn't hear you, but you could certainly sit there and listen. Then you'd get the same thing only it would hold your line up and you would not get your dial tone back until they hung up. Apparently these were not uncommon phenomena especially if your CO used a certain type of AT$T multiplexing channel bank like mine did, since they were frequently known to go bad. This started happening quite a lot near the end of the 1A era when they decided to not put any more time and money into maintaining their failing 1970s-vintage equipment since they were cutting over to 5ESS and digital local trunks and concentrators in the early 2000s, and basically disappeared after that point.

It's called "attenuation" and "carrier noise" --- analog phenomena that are now largely relics of the past since fiber T/E digital carrier systems replaced the various analog carrier systems pretty much everywhere in the developed world by the start of the 2000s. FYI, it's not difficult to simulate that effect on the fly with creative usage of just about any $30 laptop and a cheap phone patch (inter box). Carrier noise can be downloaded (cough cough evan-doorbell.com cough cough) sampled and looped to provide the white-noise and any crosstalk effect. Not hard to do at all.

As a fone phreak I would have immediately hung up and dismissed it as an obvious prank by somebody with a REALLY sick sense of humor or way too much free time.

"+" is a widely-recognised (I think it was even standardised in an ITU recommendation) symbol for "insert your country's overseas calling prefix here". So for example if a British guy gave you his business card that lists his phone number as +44 (0)2345 123-456 and you're calling from the US, that "+" indicates you need to dial 011 before the rest of the number and leave out the "0" in parentheses. That's all it means. Some GSM cell phones have a "+" key that takes care of it automatically so you'd just key in the number as it's given, plus sign and all.
Bless your heart, of course you would have.

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Old Today, 12:42 AM
Location: PRC
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Originally Posted by HappyDogToday View Post
I'll tell you another story that happened to me in 2004 and this involved an electronic device, though not a phone.

We have a local author who does books about haunted locations all over the state. She also used to go around doing talks at local bookstores.

I was quite a fan and during one of her appearances I approached her and told her about a haunted historical location that I worked at. She asked me to submit my stories to her on email for publication in her next book.

So I did just that a few months later after collecting stories and quotes from co-workers about their experiences at the site.

I emailed it all to her, saved the document on my hard drive and yahoo account, and she acknowledged receipt of it all.

As the months moved toward the publication date, she emailed me several times, thanking me for the narrative and expressing excitement about including it in her next book.

One night I got a phone call from her. She told me that the book was ready for the local printer but that somehow MY narrative submission had been lost on her hard drive and paper files! She was very upset about this and asked if I could resend them to her immediately. I said ''of course''.

I looked on my hard drive, no file. On my original email, no file. On my yahoo account, no file. In my recycle bin, no file.

It was no where to be found on my computer or hers!

It was then that I recalled a story of hers in her first book about spirits working through computers when another woman kept emailing her a story about her deceased dad and the email would not go through and letters sent never arrived.

The book was published, my name is in the credits, but my stories do not appear. I never found them. I guess the ghosts wanted their privacy.
HappyDogToday in post #12 - I was interested to read that as it reminded me of the Mandela Effect. People remembering someone (usually celebrity) has died but cannot find any physical evidence for it now, or they are still alive in the present time-line.

I have this theory that there are leaps between time-lines. This happens every so often for individuals or groups of people and the physical universe changes around us. This story is a classic example of how it works - in the new time-line you never sent the email to the author but both you and the author remembered you doing it from the old time-line.

Maybe there is something to my theory?
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