Zoo Text Message Prank

Officials at the Houston Zoo report that they're being inundated with thousands of phone calls as a result of a prank text message circulating via cell phone. From click2houston.com:

"It's an enormous annoyance," zoo spokesman Brian Hill said. Thousands of people have received a message that someone has been talking about them. Some of the messages read: "Hey y is someone calln me and lookn for u n askn me where r u at n where u live heres tha # 713 555 650 tell then to stop calln me"
"It's scaring a lot of people," the switchboard operator told a caller. "We are working with the FBI and the major cell phone providers." Hill said that anyone who receives a similar message should trash it instead of calling the zoo.
"Chances are that if you get a text message, 'somebody's looking for you,' or 'I'm getting calls from somebody looking for you,' and our phone number is at the bottom of it, you'd be pretty safe to just ignore it and delete it," Hill said.

I think the message, translated from text speak into english, says: "Hey, why is someone calling me and looking for you and asking me where are you at, and where you live? Here's their number: 713 555 650. Tell them to stop calling me."

This is a new variant of the classic "phone the zoo" prank, which is one of the most popular April Fool's Day pranks of all time. Usually the prank involves tricking someone into calling the zoo and asking for "Mr Lion" or "Mr Fox". The prank used to be so popular that many zoos would have to shut down their switchboards on April 1st.

The prank is as old as telephones themselves, and actually traces back much further, deriving from the even older prank of fooling people into going to the Tower of London to see the "washing of the lions."


Posted on Tue May 06, 2008


Posted by Loony Baby  in  New York  on  Thu Jun 26, 2008  at  04:54 AM
In a funeral home, it's not uncommon to get a lot of prank or mis-directed calls on April 1st.
By far, the funniest is when someone leaves their co-worker a note to return a call to "Mrs. Maines."
When the person reaches the funeral home and asks for "Mrs. Maines," they're told that there's no such person. Then they say the full name. Wanna guess what that is?
Yep, "Myra Maines."
I used to tell them to leave a message back for the prankster saying that they called the number and that Mrs. Maines' husband was upset. Then, leaving them the same number, tell them to call "Yuri Maines" to apologize.
Posted by Timothy Totten  in  Eustis, florida  on  Tue Dec 09, 2008  at  07:16 AM
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