Those of you who find some reality in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart probably saw Stewart place a fake phone call to presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin , in order to debunk some of the bullshit left on the set by John Bolton the previous night. Stewart used an old rotary phone from the 1930’s, and asked an operator for a number beginning with KLondike 5, which just broke me up…
Fictitious phone numbers [from Wikipedia]
The phone companies started encouraging the producers of television shows and movies to use the 555 prefix for fictional telephone numbers, roughly during the 1970s. One of the earliest uses of a 555 number can be seen in A Patch of Blue (1965), with 555-3268. In older television shows from the 1950s or 1960s, “KLondike 5” or “KLamath 5” was used, as at the time the telephone exchanges used letters. The Simpsons used a variation of this in some of their earlier seasons by having the phone number start out with KL5 (for example, Homer Simpson‘s Mr. Plow business used both KL5-3223 as the home number and KL5-3226 as the business number.
Barney Gumble‘s Plow King phone number was KL5-4796 in the commercial sung by Linda Ronstadt). On American telephone dial pads, K and L are found on the number-5 button. In Simpsons episode “Burns, Baby Burns,” character Chief Wiggum traces a phone number from the police station and reads it, saying, “5-5-5… Aw, geez, that’s gotta be phony.”