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Just hope it doesn’t ring: Hitler’s personal phone is up for auction

Alexander Historical Auctions, located in Maryland, has a unique lot available on its website right now: Adolf Hitler’s personal bunker phone. The chipped, red, rotary handset was taken right from the German leader’s bunker following the capture of Berlin in 1945 and is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 from a specialist collector.            …

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First Transcontinental Phone Call, January 25th 1915

On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco, President Woodrow Wilson in Washington, and the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in Georgia. Using the new commercial service…

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The biggest phobia in the world? ‘Nomophobia’

Nomophobia is referred to a psychological syndrome in which a person is afraid of being out of mobile or cell phone contact. Nomophobia, coined from a term “no-mobile-phone-phobia” during a research study to find out the psychological ramifications and stress level of mobile phone usage on behavior, describes the level of fear generated when a user is unable to communicate…

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James Bond first mobile phone: Ericsson JB988 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

This is 1 of 12 phones made by Ericsson for the James Bond Movie Tomorrow Never Dies (Pierce Brosnan). There were 4 different phones used on screen. One had a light up screen, one had a stun-prod function, one had a finger print scanner and this is the static flip open stunt phone which was used from the back of…

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Want a divorce? Send a text message..

Getting a quickie divorce has taken on a whole new meaning in Malaysia after it was decided that a man can divorce his wife with a text message. The government’s adviser on religious affairs, the man who counsels Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said as long as the message was clear and unambiguous it was valid under Islamic Sharia law….

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“Fasse Dich kurz!” or “Make it short” sign used used until the 70s in Germany

This slogan was created in Germany between the 1930s and the 1970s, in addition to almost all public payphones or was printed in phone books. The reason for this was the missing time-clock for local calls. This meant an unlimited call for paying only one time.

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The Most Expensive Phone Number

The most expensive number sold was cell phone number 666-6666, auctioned off for charity in Qatar. It sold for a dizzy $2.7 million, far and away surpassing the previous record holder. The Chinese number 8888-8888 sold for $280,000. Source: Mashable

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How Phone Numbers Were Invented

In the early days of phone service, you’d call the operator and ask to be patched through to a particular line. This system was first questioned in 1879 by Alexander Graham Bell’s friend, Dr. Moses Greeley Parker of Lowell, MA. The town was suffering from an epidemic of measles and the doctor quite sensibly suggested that if the town’s phone…

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The crazy reason nearly every phone in Japan is waterproof

Waterproof phones may be all the rage now, but people in Japan have been used to their devices being able to take a swim for over a decade already. Users in the country got used to having smartphones years before Western counterparts. Manufacturers had to make phones waterproof because Japanese women were so attached to their phones they brought them…

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Why is time on Aple products set on 9:41?

Ever wondered why on Apple’s ads or official renders the clocks of the devices shown always seem stuck at 9:41am? Well, that mystery is finally solved. It turns out that the ads used to show iPhones clocking it at 9:42am, as that’s the precise timing when the first one took the stage in 2007. When the first iPad hit the…

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