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1370054.  Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:55 am Reply with quote

Probably too late for S series, but maybe could be shoehorned into T for telephones...

Q Which recent US President incidentally created a sex industry worth hundreds of millions of Dollars?

Klaxons for Trump, Clinton, JFK, Obama, or even Putin (some wiseass might try it).

The answer is Jimmy Carter.

In 1977 Carter decided to hold an "Ask President Carter" session with Walter Cronkite, and it became the first known use of a 1-900 number that people could dial and ask a question. At the time these calls were free to call.

Soon other services sprang up, though people were charge long distance rates to cover the cost of the service.

Again Carter was involved in the next step, when in 1980 several broadcasters wanted to allow voters to phone in during debates between Carter and Reagan, and register who they thought won the debate. AT&T realised they could make money from this service and charged calls at a premium rate of 50c.

This was later spoofed on Saturday Night Live when Eddie Murphy held up a lobster and urged people to ring either of two 1-900 numbers to decided if the lobster lived or died. The resulting deluge of nearly 500k calls in the space of minutes created such a spike it nearly crashed the telephone system, and caused phone companies to issues agreements that they must be notified before such events.

In 1983 we have the first recognised "sex line", which was Gloria Leonard huskily reading from her adult magazine in order to promote it, but phone companies were still rarely sharing any profits from their premium numbers.

It was only in 1985 that the fixed premium rate of 50c was lifted and phone companies started sharing their profits with the businesses operating them, and the telephone sex industry boomed.

1370157.  Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:39 am Reply with quote

I like that and I think you should reintroduce it later in 2021 when the T series talk forum goes up.

1370194.  Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:16 pm Reply with quote

And I came here thinking this was the long awaited confessional zone

1370257.  Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:20 pm Reply with quote

Well, if we are talking about a confessional zone, did Qi ever mention the story of Ragout the gerbil?



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