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5th Sep '16 4:20:16 PM ultimomant
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* On ''GilligansIsland'', a transoceanic telephone cable washes ashore onto the island. They tap into the cable and somehow manage to call a mainland US telephone operator. When they frantically yell things like "Help, we're stranded on a desert island!!" , the operator just bemusedly hangs up.

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transoceanic telephone cable washes ashore onto the island. They tap into the cable and somehow manage to call a mainland US telephone operator. When they frantically yell things like "Help, we're stranded on a desert island!!" , the operator just bemusedly hangs up.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Hitchhiker" has a woman being chased by a strange creep. Near the end, she finds a phone to call her mother, but the mother says she thinks it's a prank since her daughter [[DeadAllAlong died two weeks ago]], and it is there she finds out [[TheGrimReaper who that creep was]].

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Hitchhiker" has a woman being chased by a strange creep. Near the end, she finds a phone to call her mother, but the mother says she thinks it's a prank since her daughter [[DeadAllAlong died two weeks ago]], and it is there she finds out [[TheGrimReaper who that creep was]].
4th Aug '16 8:23:23 PM MsChibi
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Related to CassandraTruth; YouHaveToBelieveMe, YourCostumeNeedsWork. May involve a person with an unfortunate RealJokeName.

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Related to CassandraTruth; YouHaveToBelieveMe, YourCostumeNeedsWork. May involve a person with an unfortunate RealJokeName.
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1st Aug '16 4:13:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* The calls in ''CrankYankers'' *are* pranks in RealLife, but apparently genuine in the puppets' universe.

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* The calls in ''CrankYankers'' ''Series/CrankYankers'' *are* pranks in RealLife, but apparently genuine in the puppets' universe.
12th May '16 10:05:19 PM Ayasugi
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Vision Quest" has most of the main cast trapped in a stuck elevator. When Ray realizes that his phone has reception and calls 911, the operator assumes he's making either a prank or frivolous call and disconnects him. Then when he calls back she has the number blocked.
10th May '16 12:40:24 AM RevolutionStone
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* If you're doing research on the [[UranusIsShowing seventh planet from the sun]], it's probably better not done via phone calls, as they'll almost assuredly be mistaken for these.



* Also a known problem with trained service animals calling 911-nowdays, many databases have an alert that pops up saying there's a trained service animal at the location, but it can still happen. Ditto with the 'accidental 911 call, animal really in trouble' scenarios that pop up every now and then.

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* Also a known problem with trained service animals calling 911-nowdays, 911-nowadays, many databases have an alert that pops up saying there's a trained service animal at the location, but it can still happen. Ditto with the 'accidental 911 call, animal really in trouble' scenarios that pop up every now and then.
2nd May '16 8:33:44 AM Assassin-sensei
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* In ''VisualNovel/AtomGrrrl'', this happens when Big E calls Jessica for help [[spoiler:after murdering a cop]].
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5th Apr '16 5:16:29 PM MasoTey
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But what if your situation is a truly bizzare one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?

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But what if your situation is a truly bizzare bizarre one? What if it is very hard to convince other people, that {{Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot}}s really ''exist'', and that a group of them is in your house ''right now''? Or what if you are a celebrity, and the message you want to deliver is: "I want ''you'' for my next album/movie/whatever!"?
12th Mar '16 1:45:35 PM S123
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**Played straight when Jeannie calls 911 after she finds Dean Rooney snooping around her house. When the police arrive, Rooney is gone, so they assume Jeannie was prank calling and arrest her.
3rd Dec '15 12:58:04 PM azul120
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* In ''{{Cheers}}'', Sam and his friends are on the look out for a prank from a rival bar owner. When a slightly hammy and unlikely-looking 'fire safety inspector' appears, they send him packing covered in foam. Then Rebecca casually remembers to mention that she is expecting a fire safety inspector to call at some point later that day.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', Phoebe reaches Emily's mother's cell at the Ross/Emily wedding. When she explains she can't be there because "I'm pregnant with my brother's triplets" the mother asks "Am I on the radio?"

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* In ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Sam and his friends are on the look out for a prank from a rival bar owner. When a slightly hammy and unlikely-looking 'fire safety inspector' appears, they send him packing covered in foam. Then Rebecca casually remembers to mention that she is expecting a fire safety inspector to call at some point later that day.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe reaches Emily's mother's cell at the Ross/Emily wedding. When she explains she can't be there because "I'm pregnant with my brother's triplets" the mother asks "Am I on the radio?"



* Not exactly a call, but in TheStinger for an episode of ''HannahMontana'', Jackson and Robbie Ray have undergone a prank war on each other and hear the doorbell ring, but they're so paranoid they think it's another prank. It turns out it was a group of guys giving them a giant $10,000 check, who decide to go next door.

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* Not exactly a call, but in TheStinger for an episode of ''HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', Jackson and Robbie Ray have undergone a prank war on each other and hear the doorbell ring, but they're so paranoid they think it's another prank. It turns out it was a group of guys giving them a giant $10,000 check, who decide to go next door.






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* {{The Stinger}} for one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had Principal Cuttler receive a phone call that he had just won a new car. However, he doesn't believe it, thinking that it's a prank call (earlier in the episode, he had been prank-called by Riley).

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* {{The Stinger}} TheStinger for one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had Principal Cuttler receive a phone call that he had just won a new car. However, he doesn't believe it, thinking that it's a prank call (earlier in the episode, he had been prank-called by Riley).
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4th Aug '15 12:39:48 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck has to call in to reported a stolen [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Delorean]] with the license place "Demorgan". The guy on the other side of the line thought it was a prank call, but Chuck managed to talk him around.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', when Chuck has to call in to reported a stolen [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Delorean]] with the license place plate "Demorgan". The guy on the other side of the line thought it was a prank call, but Chuck managed to talk him around.
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