Recently, my organization decided to switch our phone system to “soft phones”, meaning your work calls come in via a software app rather than having a physical phone at each desk. The pandemic obviously helped this along, but it worked so well, we decided to transition everything over and drop the physical phones altogether, even at the office.
My team had to test the system, making calls in and out to of the organization to make sure all was working as expected.
We found a great collection of silly / odd phone numbers to call. Some are a quick chuckle, others are just plain odd, and the rest are unique and engaging.
Here we go. Trust me, random internet person, I promise these numbers won’t lead you awry (at least as of April 5, 2023).
Toronto Public Library allows you to choose a story that they will then read to you over the phone. ❤️
This seems to have been a cultural phenomenon in the late ’60s and ’70s. There’s an archive of many of these Dial-A-Poem numbers that existed at the time.
They Might Be Giants have had a Dial-a-Song number off and on since the late ’80s.
I warned you.
Originally a joke line for Cracked Magazine, but looks like they are on hiatus for a bit.
Pick your favorite Hall and Oates tune.
This woman brought a smile to my face every time I called the number. I even recorded a handful of her messages and put them online - and ended up with a credit on a documentary dedicated to her!
A little silliness form your favorite lawyer
Murray Bauman’s answering machine
The Graham Theater tells you what’s playing and then gives a corny joke or two.
Do you have any interesting phone numbers to add? Add your entries to my Mastodon thread and they will appear in the comments here. 😄