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12th Oct '17 4:28:34 PM Kartoonkid95
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* Spoofed in a monologue from ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' that referenced an incident where UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump accused the media of spreading rumors that he was thinking about firing his chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, despite a ''Politico'' article claiming otherwise.
-->'''Colbert:''' But here's the thing. Trump was very upset by rumors that he was about to fire Kelly, "...even though there appeared to be no such reporting by the national media." Oh my God, the fake news is coming from inside his head! Get out of there!
24th Sep '17 3:44:51 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed by Brak on ''CartoonPlanet''. The operator had made a mistake.

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* Spoofed by Brak on ''CartoonPlanet''.''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet''. The operator had made a mistake.
11th Sep '17 11:01:50 PM Prometheus117
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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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* ''WebVideo/BoardJames'': "Dream Phone". The calls are coming from inside the house. But not from the phone line. [[spoiler:It's the phone itself]].
16th Apr '17 8:57:56 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed on ''{{The State}}'', with the call [[spoiler:"coming from inside your pants. YOU'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF YOUR PANTS!!!"]].

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* Spoofed on ''{{The State}}'', ''Series/TheState'', with the call [[spoiler:"coming from inside your pants. YOU'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF YOUR PANTS!!!"]].
17th Mar '17 6:15:31 PM Dada
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--> '''Campbell''': [[spoiler:Master Miller's body was just discovered at his home. He's been dead for at least three days. I didn't know because my Codec link with Master was cut off. But Mei Ling said his transmission signal was coming from '''''inside the base!''''']]
21st Feb '17 8:07:08 PM gewunomox
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* Played for laughs in the second {{Beatles}} movie, ''Film/{{Help}}''. John uses this to prank the other Beatles with an alarm clock.

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* Played for laughs in the second {{Beatles}} Music/TheBeatles movie, ''Film/{{Help}}''. John uses this to prank the other Beatles with an alarm clock.
19th Feb '17 4:42:23 PM JackG
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* A favourite MindScrew tactic of 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.

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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. A favourite MindScrew tactic of 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, 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.
17th Jan '17 2:19:46 PM eroock
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* ''Film/BlackChristmas1974'' was the first horror film to use this line. The cast has been receiving disturbing phone calls throughout the movie, and when the police with the help of the phone company investigate the matter, this is the conclusion.



* ''Film/BlackChristmas1974'' was the first horror film to use this line. The cast has been receiving disturbing phone calls throughout the movie, and when the police with the help of the phone company investigate the matter, this is the conclusion.
17th Jan '17 2:18:01 PM eroock
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-> "''Jess, the caller is in the house. The calls are coming from the house!''"

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-> "''Jess, ''"Jess, the caller is in the house. The calls are coming from the house!''"house!"''
15th Jan '17 7:45:44 AM WaveSwallow
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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. Of course, this scenario can also arise if said home has a phone that also functions as an intercom, two different phone numbers, or to simply call the landline by cellphone.

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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 registering 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. Of course, this scenario can also arise if said home has a phone that also functions as an intercom, two different phone numbers, or to simply call the landline by cellphone.



* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' uses [[http://xkcd.com/742/ a modernized version.]] (See also the AltText.)

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' uses [[http://xkcd.com/742/ a modernized version.]] (See also the AltText.)) [[note]]The 192.168/16 block refers to a block of IP addresses that are reserved for private networks. This means that no computer on the Internet will have an address starting with "192.168." but computers hooked up to the same internal network will see each other as "192.168.xxx.xxx".[[/note]]
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