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9th Jul '16 1:19:59 PM Flynt_Coal
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlYtwandSU8 Halloween episode]] of WebVideo/RoosterTeethShorts, Griffon gets a call from something growling and snarling that's coming from inside the office. [[spoiler:Turns out it was just Burnie, who had fallen asleep at his desk with the speaker phone on]]
6th Jul '16 4:58:48 AM Morgenthaler
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24th Jun '16 2:29:20 PM eroock
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* [[ChoppingBlock Butch]] tried this once. [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000810.html Caller ID foiled him.]]

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* [[ChoppingBlock [[Webcomic/ChoppingBlock Butch]] tried this once. [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000810.html Caller ID foiled him.]]
24th Jun '16 6:23:44 AM Willbyr
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* The page image comes from the Budweiser ads which spoofed this trope with penguins calling some guy from upstairs and asking him how his Bud Ice is. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVWtq-_VYk8 Beware of the penguins.]]

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* The page image comes from the Budweiser ads which spoofed this trope with ads showing penguins calling some guy from upstairs and asking him how his Bud Ice is. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVWtq-_VYk8 Beware of the penguins.]]



* Referenced in Webcomic/GrrlPower: Sydney manages to convince Heatwave that the call originates inside the phone.

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* Referenced in Webcomic/GrrlPower: ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Sydney manages to convince Heatwave that the call originates inside the phone.
16th Jun '16 5:54:50 PM xenol
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** The amusing thing is that it is possible for two computers to have the same external IP address. That is, two computers on the same local network will share the same IP address that the rest of the world sees.
9th Jun '16 3:24:15 PM BreadBull
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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 lansline that also functions as an intercom, two different phone numbers, or to simply call the home phone number 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 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 lansline phone that also functions as an intercom, two different phone numbers, or to simply call the home phone number landline by cellphone.
9th Jun '16 3:22:59 PM BreadBull
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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. 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 Of course, this scenario can also arise if said home has a lansline that also functions as an intercom, two different phone numbers, or to simply call the home phone number by cellphone, while hiding in another room.
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6th Jun '16 4:06:46 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* Spoofed in the first ''ScaryMovie''.

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%%* * Spoofed in the first ''ScaryMovie''.''Film/ScaryMovie''. The killer boasts that he is calling from inside the house, but Cindy can see his feet sticking out from behind the couch.



* ''Sinners and Saints'' (2010). The BigBad is torturing a cop, but gets a call from TheDragon. When he answers the phone, it goes dead. So he rings him back, only to be surprised to hear the ringtone from inside the house. Then [[BigDamnHeroes the cop's partner chucks a flash-bang grenade into the room]], having killed TheDragon earlier and taken his phone.

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* ''Sinners and Saints'' ''Film/SinnersAndSaints'' (2010). The BigBad is torturing a cop, but gets a call from TheDragon. When he answers the phone, it goes dead. So he rings him back, only to be surprised to hear the ringtone from inside the house. Then [[BigDamnHeroes the cop's partner chucks a flash-bang grenade into the room]], having killed TheDragon earlier and taken his phone.
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]]...
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