Friday, September 15, 2006

One ringy dingy...

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A widow rented a rotary dial telephone for 42 years, paying what her family calculates as more than $14,000 for a now outdated phone.

Ester Strogen, 82, of Canton, first leased two black rotary phones - the kind whose round dial is moved manually with your finger - in the 1960s. Back then, the technology was new and owning telephones was unaffordable for most people.

Until two months ago, Strogen was still paying AT&T to use the phones - $29.10 a month. Strogen's granddaughters, Melissa Howell and Barb Gordon, ended the arrangement when they discovered the bills.
--Associated Press

Real reason she paid $14,000:

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She was actually renting Salvador Dali's famed "Lobster Telephone."

She'd have been better off with an unsalted stick of Land O'Lakes. Much cheaper.

Also wanted to point out that, when spoken aloud, the name "Ester Strogen" is almost indistinguishable from the word "estrogen."

Update: God Is My Codependent points out that if you use her first initial and last name, closed up, you do indeed get "estrogen."

And "Ester" (not Esther, the usual spelling) is a chemical compound.

Does this smell like a hoax?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds crazy, but when my mother passed away a few years ago,i discovered she had been 'renting' the phone from Bell of PA(for about $90/year) for 36 years. When I cancelled the account, the fools at the telephone co. actually reminded me that the phone was rented and needed to be returned. Yeah, right!