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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]]
1st Jan '17 11:18:37 AM Xtifr
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* ''{{Hydrophobia}}'' has a variant where the [[HollywoodHacking hack]] is coming from inside the ship.

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* ''{{Hydrophobia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Hydrophobia}}'' has a variant where the [[HollywoodHacking hack]] is coming from inside the ship.



** Happened in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' too, when it's revealed Master Miller [[spoiler:actually Liquid Snake in disguise]] is calling Snake from inside Shadow Moses.

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** * Happened in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' too, when it's revealed Master Miller [[spoiler:actually Liquid Snake in disguise]] is calling Snake from inside Shadow Moses.
14th Dec '16 8:57:00 PM Zalis
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** Also used after the 2012 election, when pointing out that many of the lines of attack Barack Obama used against Mitt Romney were first used by Romney's Republican rivals during the primaries.
10th Dec '16 5:30:50 PM TropesForever
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15th Oct '16 8:49:54 PM Mullon
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* Spoofed in a mock {{Creepypasta}} where a babysitter calls the parents to ask if she can browse [[ImageBoards /b/]] on their computer. They say yes, and she asks if she can look at the original content. The parents respond with "GET OUT OF THE HOUSE... ''/B/ HAS NO ORIGINAL CONTENT!"''

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* Spoofed in a mock {{Creepypasta}} where a babysitter calls the parents to ask if she can browse [[ImageBoards [[Website/FourChan /b/]] on their computer. They say yes, and she asks if she can look at the original content. The parents respond with "GET OUT OF THE HOUSE... ''/B/ HAS NO ORIGINAL CONTENT!"''
4th Oct '16 8:24:00 AM Kitchen90
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* Used as {{foreshadowing}} in ''Film/CarryOnSpying''. When the villain threatens MI6 in a phone call, the Chief of Police makes his secretary trace the call, who discovers that the phone number is identical to theirs, making the two men assume that their technology wasn't strong enough for the signal. [[spoiler:It's revealed that the villain's lair is directly underneath MI6 and can be easily accessed through the wardrobe in the Chief's office.]]



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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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