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Tie in with Poe's Masque of the Red Death?

The sickess described by Mia is quite similar to the one portrayed by Edgar Allan Poe in "The Mask of the Red Death". Blood sweating included. In that short tale, a prince locked himself in a castle with 1,000 friends to avoid that plague but, eventually, the Red Death found its way in during a costume party. It is quite "similar" to the "terrorist attack": people locked in a party, who cannot escape from the Red Death. The difference is, this time, it was the cops (and not themselves) who locked them in.

That story was symbolic for the seperation of nobles from commoners though they were the same. The people were nobles in the story, while the people inside were just regular people. --Velvolver 11:24, 4 March 2007 (PST)
I wouldn't go that far with the "nobles/commoners" story. This DOES bear a striking resembelence to the mask of red death.
Some differences...
The prince (Masque of Red Death Story) died of fright, not by a knife.
The people weren't locked in a closet, just an abbey. They were (Masque), however, in open rooms.
Some Similarites...
The Red Death DID have a knife (if memory serves).
The Red Death WAS in red (just like our murderer).
People were sweating blood (it was one of the symptoms of the plauge).
If I get more info, I'll come back later.
--Electric 10:45, 24 March 2007 (PDT)

All Circuits' Busy?

Whenever I call this number now it comes up with a message saying all circuits are busy and then it gives a string of numbers... 8?133-2 is what I hear... Does this mean anything? I've tried it from numerous phones and have also had a couple other people try it from their phones... Do you think it's a clue? I'm not nearly as big of a mythbuster as others out there, so I'm going to tag this page (as well as the other phone number page because of the same message) to see if anyone out there can figure it out... Thanks!!! And goodluck!! Jgrizzy89 19:20, 16 March 2007 (PDT)

Sounds like a standard circuit overload message to me, either someone did their homework or we're calling the number too much! --killjoy 13:32, 19 March 2007 (PDT)
No one's done their homework. I think it's if you enter a wrong fax number, the next time you call, the circuts will be busy. Just a theory, though. --Electric 13:13, 27 March 2007 (PDT)
wrong numbers generally will not trigger a circuits busy response from the telcos (i used to work for one) unless someone were to perform a mass scale "mother's day event" using wrong number dialing. likely the pbx handling this voicemail simply had more calls coming in then lines available, resulting in it rejecting calls and setting off the nearest telco box's circuit busy message (specific box/location identified by the use of the number string at the end of the message) --killjoy 00:14, 10 April 2007 (PDT)

Voicemail System

now that this leads to a voicemail system, has anyone tried unique number sets. usually the numbers for voicemail systems are 1 to 3 digits, some can be 6 (for numerical only) if there's a name search tool, has anyone tried hunting for the agent's names (such as Sikes, etc) in there? (I haven't had a chance to call it yet.)

Last but not least, has anyone tried to get the system to identify itself (what system it is) if so, i can get the core/default codes that make these machines start listing what actually exists. --killjoy 13:32, 19 March 2007 (PDT)

I just did something really weird with this number... now, I know you told us to input 385# but, me being slightly dyslexic (or just plain stupid) I put in 358# and it said something like, "You have made an invalid selection or have taken to much time... Please leave your message after the tone and your call will be returned as soon as possible" and it freaking beeped! I left a message, just in time too because after about 25 seconds it cuts you off and asks if you want to review the message, rerecord, or send... I chose send, as I didn't offer any valuable information, but it was WEIRD... Any explanations out there? : ) Jgrizzy89 21:23, 19 March 2007 (PDT)
I also just entered 666# and it said the fax number I entered is invalid then makes a static noise and goes out... Must mean that there is a 'correct' fax number, although I don't know what good it would do... Jgrizzy89 21:54, 19 March 2007 (PDT)
highly customizable voicemail system, like the lucent/nortel systems are. but at least we know everything is 3 digit based on the way they set it up... anyone with a ton of free time could run the gamut of the 999 choices. (have you tried a 4 or more digit number just to see what it does, by chance?) i'll see if i can find any random 3 digit numbers on any of the sites that might be important to us! --killjoy 23:53, 19 March 2007 (PDT)
I tried a few different things with the number last night, about all I managed to achieve was pissing it off I think. (tried a few numbers, like spelling out the first three letters of agent's names, star functions, single digit functions, etc. It just kicked to the leave a message option constantly, but it only left room for about a 3 second message!) Maybe they just used a voicemail system like this for the purpose of getting that US Wiretap soundbyte in to place... --killjoy 08:29, 20 March 2007 (PDT)

Has anybody tryed faxing this number? I.e., sending stuff to it about Year Zero, or U.S. Wiretap? Or even Resistance flags? -Crazyninfan

Here's an even further thought. To leave us the message that we hear when we call, A standard voice mail system was probably used (like a mailbox). Perhaps if we do get in, the only thing we can do is change the greeting from the wiretap message to whoever does gets in stupid self saying "Now What...?" If you dial the number, but change the last digits from 10 to 09, you get a voicemail that is inactive. This is simply a message that was recorded on an answering machine. You aren't supposed to be able to get in to the system. -Crazyninfan
Further consideration of the messages and the way the system is reacting (on all these numbers) reminds me of interacting with an IVR system that has been set to "closed" - meaning, the business is closed and to immediately react to all incoming calls with a message, instead of presenting any options. This explains why one can circumvent the system by interrupting it with * and # commands (though further reading of their manuals would have shown them how to even turn those off, preventing us from the mailbox/fax reroute options it keeps giving).
Whether these mailboxes and fax reroutes were left open by being set up hastily, or are being left open for possible future use (or just to see the amusing things we say/send in trying to goad a response from them!) of course, we have to wait and see. This equipment is easy to get, and through the same channels, so are mass dialers that can dial from IVR logs of incoming numbers (modern IVRs are able to store and log caller ID enabled phone numbers, creating their own call lists that can be fed to mass dialers.).
to explain, an IVR is an Interactive Voice Recording (System); this is what companies use to give you the instant answer messages and options, such as "push 1 for billing, push 2 for customer service, etc" they can be rented, purchased, and set up for small business, temporary use, or permanent, large scale use, making them ideal for what's being done with these numbers. --killjoy 00:22, 10 April 2007 (PDT)

Profane Edits

Just ran an undo to get some rather nasty (bs) edits off the page, might want to protect/lock the page for a little while just to be safe. --killjoy 15:46, 4 April 2007 (PDT)

Busy Signal

Anyone else getting a busy signal from this number these days? Has it been taken down? --Edani 15:42, 31 March 2008

I just called it and I'm getting a busy signal. It's safe to assume it's been taken offline (for now) Aeontriad 14:48, 23 June 2008 (PDT)
Last time I called (Today, december 21st) I didn't get a busy signal. I think it's up for now. Lethargica 20:54, 21 December 2008
Looks like it's down again; getting a Verizon Wireless voice message box error kajigg again. Rats. Edani 18:44, 15 January, 2009

High Quality Recording

Everyone is aware that there is a high quality recording, right? [1] and, it almost sounds like shes saying "Robin" (or something along those lines) instead of "Mommy". Aldude999

Definitely sounds like mommy to me. Also, that's not HQ, it's only mp3 sheepdean Try to speak as clearly as you can 13:45, 9 February 2011 (PST)
Sorry, by high quality I meant that it's higher quality than the phone recording. Aldude999 10:13 02.10.11
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