I’ve watched this eight times, and I still can’t tell if it’s real:

The YouTube info says it aired in the early ’90s, but the YouTube info could say it was made by aliens and it would mean just as much, and there doesn’t seem to be much about it on the rest of the internet. It looks like the early ’90s, and when you think about it, real or not, that number is a genius idea — why bother with the psychic nonsense, just skip straight to the crying that’s going to happen anyway. Or, wait, does what you hear when you call the number actually MAKE you cry? Is this a Jesus thing? It would actually be just like ’90s televangelists to charge $2/minute to hear the gospel. In the absence of further information, I’m just going to imagine there’s a guy out there who calls his mansion “The house that crying built.” (Via VideoSift.)

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Comments (9)
  1. Also, it’s funny to imagine Alec Baldwin’s voicemail message on the other end.

  2. I thought 900 numbers were always phone sex hot lines? Just think if you called in for consolidation and there was a 58 year old women from the Bronx making orgasm noises instead. At two bucks per minute I better get a boner while I’m grieving my dead cat.

  3. I took one for the team and risked getting charged for the call just to see what it is, but Verizon “couldn’t complete my call as dialed.” Bummer. I was really wondering what makes people all over America break down and cry like this.

  4. robert  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 +3

    They’re crying because they realized it’s costing them $2 a minute.

  5. Jono  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 0

    WTF is that Jack Bauer’s girlfriend at 0:22?

  6. Egbert  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2008 -2

    it’s probably for a psychic hotline

  7. I cried when Verizon couldn’t complete my call.

  8. BLT  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2009 +2

    I could see this concept being transformed into a Paul Thomas Anderson movie – running time of 3 hours and 20 minutes, of course.

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