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  •  Why such a lame number? (5+ / 0-)
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    LuvSet, LordMike, ArcticStones, Fury, bfbenn

    Not to beat a dead horse, but the 800 number is totally non-mnemonic.  Back when 800 numbers were "the" thing, before the web, companies tried to come up with the best 800 number.  It is technically illegal to buy or sell them but a whole cottage industry existed where people paid 800-number owners to give them up at the exact moment they would seize them.  (This is done though something called a Responsible Organization, an entity which has write access to the SMS/800 database.)

    So you'd think they'd have come up with something that at least could be spelled out, or had repeating digits that were easy to memorize.  Instead, it's a random-sounding number that could have been some bozo's pocket pager, back when they were popular and often used 800 numbers.

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