Friday, October 04, 2013

interesting! 1-800-FUCKYO for Obamacare

Too precise to be coincidence? As you've doubtless seen by now, the Obamacare hotline number has made the news. Why? The number, 1-800-318-2596, can be spelled out, on the phone keypad, as 1-800-FUCKYO. Not exactly like that, but close:

1 = [no letter]

800 = 800

3 = DEF
1 = [no letter]
8 = TUV

2 = ABC
5 = JKL
9 = WXYZ
6 = MNO

It doesn't take much imagination to see "FUCK YO" in the midst of that alphabet soup, which is enough to make me wonder whether the choice of numbers for the hotline was deliberate. In fact, you'd think that some clever joker would have adopted that number set by now, but was prevented by some regulatory agency from using it. That thought leads to the further thought that someone in authority would have had to "break the number out of storage," so to speak, to allow its public use. Curiouser and curiouser.

Of course, it would have made more sense for the last number to be an 8: that way, it could have been "1-800-FUCKYU." Or maybe a 2? "1-800-FUCKYA" has a nice ring to it, because it sounds as if Obamacare's gonna fuck ya'. Hard. And nasty-like. Or why not eliminate the 1 altogether and have "1-800-382-5968"? That would be a true "1-800-FUCKYOU."


1 comment:

Charles said...

More wordplay! (Or letterplay, as the case may be!)

For those requiring evaluation: 1-800-EVALYO
For those who suspect fowl play: 1-800-DUCKYO
For twins: 1-800-DUBLYO
For those who, for some reason, require two policies: 1-800-DUALYO