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8th May '16 2:10:50 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* A favourite MindScrew tactic of MackBolan is to ring some Mafia boss, and halfway through the call mention that he's looking at them through a telescopic sight. After the inevitable OhCrap reaction, the Mafioso assumes Bolan is bluffing, because he would have fired by then. Mack then concludes the conversation by doing something impressive like shooting the phone or blowing up a nearby building.

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* A favourite MindScrew tactic of MackBolan Mack Bolan "Literature/TheExecutioner" is to ring some Mafia boss, and halfway through the call mention that he's looking at them through a telescopic sight. After the inevitable OhCrap reaction, the Mafioso assumes Bolan is bluffing, because he would have fired by then. Mack then concludes the conversation by doing something impressive like shooting the phone or blowing up a nearby building.
4th May '16 10:39:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' takes place on an island cut off from the mainland by a typhoon, both passage and communications. So when a stranger calls, they know it can only come from one of the few occupied buildings, [[ParanoiaFuel probably the one they're in]]...

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' takes place on an island cut off from the mainland by a typhoon, both passage and communications. So when a stranger calls, they know it can only come from one of the few occupied buildings, [[ParanoiaFuel probably the one they're in]]...
7th Apr '16 6:44:24 PM PaulA
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* In ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'', a phone call is traced to the lobby of the same government building where the call is being taken. Turns out that two pay phones have been taped together earpiece-to-mouthpiece so tracing the call wouldn't work.
2nd Feb '16 8:53:34 AM Pinokio
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* ''WebVideo/BoardJames'': "Dream Phone". The calls are coming from inside the house. But not from the phone line.
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27th Jan '16 5:53:08 AM Bissek
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This is a partly DiscreditedTrope, because the whole urban legend relies on a myth about old analog land lines: the idea that you could, by tapping the receiver button carefully, manage to dial the telephone number of the building/home you were occupying at the time. [[note]]Tapping the switch-hook is electrically no different than what the dial does: It momentarily opens the circuit. Two momentary openings in quick succession registers at the exchange as the digit "2", six momentary openings registers as "6", and so on with ten momentary openings regissting as "0" (except in New Zealand where it is backwards - two openings is "8", six openings is "4", and ten openings is "0"). The dial just does it more conveniently. And if you dial the number of the line you're on, whether with the dial or the switchhook, whether or not there are other extensions on the line, you get a busy signal; that line ''is'' off-hook, after all. Nor is it electrically possible for the exchange to ring the other extensions on a line when one of them is off-hook; the low impedance of an off-hook phone will essentially short out the ring voltage.[[/note]] However, in at least some areas of the U.S., it has been and still is possible to dial your home phone number, hang up on the busy signal and get a ring to your own line (Some homes also have multiple phone lines, which could be used to call each other, but this is not the norm, and homeowners generally know when this is the case). The reason the phone company allows this isn't clear, however it has been used by some as a poor-man's home intercom. On a line which does not have caller ID, it could be used to pretend to be calling from outside the house while actually calling from another room. Or to simply call the home phone number by cellphone, while hiding in another room.

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This is a partly DiscreditedTrope, because the whole urban legend relies on a myth about old analog land lines: the idea that you could, by tapping the receiver button carefully, manage to dial the telephone number of the building/home you were occupying at the time. [[note]]Tapping the switch-hook is electrically no different than what the dial does: It momentarily opens the circuit. Two momentary openings in quick succession registers at the exchange as the digit "2", six momentary openings registers as "6", and so on with ten momentary openings regissting as "0" (except in New Zealand where it is backwards - two openings is "8", six openings is "4", and ten openings is "0"). The dial just does it more conveniently. And if you dial the number of the line you're on, whether with the dial or the switchhook, whether or not there are other extensions on the line, you get a busy signal; that line ''is'' off-hook, after all. Nor is it electrically possible for the exchange to ring the other extensions on a line when one of them is off-hook; the low impedance of an off-hook phone will essentially short out the ring voltage.[[/note]] However, in at least some areas of the U.S., it has been and still is possible to dial your home phone number, hang up on the busy signal and get a ring to your own line (Some homes also have multiple phone lines, which could be used to call each other, but this is not the norm, and homeowners generally know when this is the case).line. The reason the phone company allows this isn't clear, however it has been used by some as a poor-man's home intercom. On a line which does not have caller ID, it could be used to pretend to be calling from outside the house while actually calling from another room. Or to simply call the home phone number by cellphone, while hiding in another room.
27th Jan '16 5:52:01 AM Bissek
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This is a partly DiscreditedTrope, because the whole urban legend relies on a myth about old analog land lines: the idea that you could, by tapping the receiver button carefully, manage to dial the telephone number of the building/home you were occupying at the time. [[note]]Tapping the switch-hook is electrically no different than what the dial does: It momentarily opens the circuit. Two momentary openings in quick succession registers at the exchange as the digit "2", six momentary openings registers as "6", and so on with ten momentary openings regissting as "0" (except in New Zealand where it is backwards - two openings is "8", six openings is "4", and ten openings is "0"). The dial just does it more conveniently. And if you dial the number of the line you're on, whether with the dial or the switchhook, whether or not there are other extensions on the line, you get a busy signal; that line ''is'' off-hook, after all. Nor is it electrically possible for the exchange to ring the other extensions on a line when one of them is off-hook; the low impedance of an off-hook phone will essentially short out the ring voltage.[[/note]] However, in at least some areas of the U.S., it has been and still is possible to dial your home phone number, hang up on the busy signal and get a ring to your own line. The reason the phone company allows this isn't clear, however it has been used by some as a poor-man's home intercom. On a line which does not have caller ID, it could be used to pretend to be calling from outside the house while actually calling from another room. Or to simply call the home phone number by cellphone, while hiding in another room.

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This is a partly DiscreditedTrope, because the whole urban legend relies on a myth about old analog land lines: the idea that you could, by tapping the receiver button carefully, manage to dial the telephone number of the building/home you were occupying at the time. [[note]]Tapping the switch-hook is electrically no different than what the dial does: It momentarily opens the circuit. Two momentary openings in quick succession registers at the exchange as the digit "2", six momentary openings registers as "6", and so on with ten momentary openings regissting as "0" (except in New Zealand where it is backwards - two openings is "8", six openings is "4", and ten openings is "0"). The dial just does it more conveniently. And if you dial the number of the line you're on, whether with the dial or the switchhook, whether or not there are other extensions on the line, you get a busy signal; that line ''is'' off-hook, after all. Nor is it electrically possible for the exchange to ring the other extensions on a line when one of them is off-hook; the low impedance of an off-hook phone will essentially short out the ring voltage.[[/note]] However, in at least some areas of the U.S., it has been and still is possible to dial your home phone number, hang up on the busy signal and get a ring to your own line.line (Some homes also have multiple phone lines, which could be used to call each other, but this is not the norm, and homeowners generally know when this is the case). The reason the phone company allows this isn't clear, however it has been used by some as a poor-man's home intercom. On a line which does not have caller ID, it could be used to pretend to be calling from outside the house while actually calling from another room. Or to simply call the home phone number by cellphone, while hiding in another room.
10th Jan '16 11:49:08 AM nombretomado
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* [[SpongeBobSquarePants "THE MANIAC IS IN THE MAILBOX!"]]

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* [[SpongeBobSquarePants [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants "THE MANIAC IS IN THE MAILBOX!"]]
11th Nov '15 3:59:35 PM nombretomado
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** Kevin Murphy continues this joke on {{Rifftrax}}, as in this quote from one of ''Film/{{Alien}}'''s many cat-seeking scenes.

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** Kevin Murphy continues this joke on {{Rifftrax}}, Podcast/RiffTrax, as in this quote from one of ''Film/{{Alien}}'''s many cat-seeking scenes.
18th Oct '15 4:08:40 PM nombretomado
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* The episode "Octi-gone" of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' included this trope, but any horror was pretty much passed over for a gasping gag; plus, occurrences like villains breaking into your house and pretending to hold a stuffed octopus hostage are pretty normal in Townsville.
* In one episode of ''{{Archer}}'', Pam gets kidnapped in place of Cheryl, and the kidnappers, with a voice modulator, contact ISIS to discuss the ransom. Later on, [[spoiler: Cyril kidnaps Cheryl in order to get her to repay her debt to him, and stuffs her in a random room at ISIS. He then contacts Mallory ''from his own office'', again with a voice modulator, demanding the rather specific amount of $32,000. Mallory freaks out that the caller is calling from ISIS.]]

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* The episode "Octi-gone" of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' included this trope, but any horror was pretty much passed over for a gasping gag; plus, occurrences like villains breaking into your house and pretending to hold a stuffed octopus hostage are pretty normal in Townsville.
* In one episode of ''{{Archer}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Pam gets kidnapped in place of Cheryl, and the kidnappers, with a voice modulator, contact ISIS to discuss the ransom. Later on, [[spoiler: Cyril kidnaps Cheryl in order to get her to repay her debt to him, and stuffs her in a random room at ISIS. He then contacts Mallory ''from his own office'', again with a voice modulator, demanding the rather specific amount of $32,000. Mallory freaks out that the caller is calling from ISIS.]]
27th Sep '15 11:20:57 AM TSBasilisk
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' did this once. [[spoiler: Justified, because the caller had tapped into the victim's second line.]]

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* In ''Series/{{CSI}}'' did this once. [[spoiler: Justified, because a murder victim had been receiving harassing phone calls which all originated from her house. The team eventually found the caller killer had tapped into the victim's her second line.]]phone line in the attic.
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