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30 May 2003 @ 08:19 am
Uproar About God's Phone Number  
OK, in the recent film "Bruce Almighty", this regular schmoe gets annoyed with how God is running the show, so God gicves him the power to see if he can do any better. Apparently, whenever God wants to get hold of this guy, he pages him, and the number is shown pretty prominently more than a few times (776-2323 - I'm not going into the Erisian significance of this number right now, but if you are amongst those in the know, it rocks).

Obviously, there are too many people out there with nothing to do. Seems this is a valid number in many places, and several of those with the number are fed up. Now, if I had a shitload of calls every day, asking for God, I'd answer "Yes, what do you want?", but that's just me, and I can see how it would drive some people a little nuts. But, get this, some woman actually wants to sue Universal Pictures for using her number...yeah, go ahead. Another owner of the number happens to be a church, whose pastor is named Bruce! *LOL* He's not too thrilled, saying the movie "mocks God and makes a mockery of religion" (religion already IS a mockery, Jack), but that God uses evil things and turns them into good, so that maybe this is groovy in the end. Criminy, they're worse than politicians...

At least others are OK with it. One family changed theis answering machine, and thinks it's funny. A radio station is setting up a contest around the fact that one of THEIR numbers is God's phoneline now. A georgia evangelist got a kick out of his calls, and says he and his wife liked the movie, too.

All of this, just because THAT many humans are SO BORED, that they see a phone number in a movie, and they have to try and call it. *sigh*
Woapalanne the Sciomancerwoap on May 30th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
I'm suspicious... lack of 1 and 0... it can probably be written as something that you can dial, like GOD HERE (it's not that, but something like that) - any ideas? ;)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 30th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
The studio claims that they chose that number since it wasn't available in Buffalo, NY, where the movie is set.

Hmmm...well, 7 = PRS, 6 = MNO, 2 = ABC, 3 = DEF

Pro-something? Spo-something? I dunno.
Woapalanne the Sciomancerwoap on May 30th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
Pro-bead! God's a hippie!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 30th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)
Makes sense to me!
delilahbowie on May 30th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
Remember that great hit of the 80's "Jenny (867-5309)"? I'm sure those people got sick of the calls as well. Actually, the B-52's did a song called "606-0842" and I must admit, I was tempted...just in case it was Fred Schneider's number or something. ;)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 30th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC)
Yes, I remember all the uproar over Tommy Tu-Tone's track. Never dialed that or the B-52's number, though.
delilahbowie on May 30th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, glad to see that students from Brown (my alma mater) are using their time productively! They're also still apparently heavy into retro '80s. Bizarre.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 30th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
*LOL*...I love humans.
Auraleedragonmusic on May 30th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, the funny thing is that people knew that would happen if a real # was used, that is why the 555 prefix is always used. When asked why the studio chose that #, the answer was that the prefix of 776 did not exist in Buffalo, NY where the movie takes place. Yeah, like that will stop people from dialing it from wherever they are! It just goes to show you that movie people are like lava lamps, nice to look at, but not very bright.
Lea~: blobcathlapotle on May 30th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)