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When the North American Numbering Plan was put into place, New York was given the area code of 212 because it was the fewest number of clicks on a rotary phone. Vermont, having a much smaller population, was given the 20-click area code of 802. And when you think about that, 112 makes a lot more sense as an emergency number than 911.

Stephen Gostkowski, placekicker for the Patriots, once recovered his own onside kick(!) in college.



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    Originally posted by ironcladlou
    Stephen Gostkowski, placekicker for the Patriots, once recovered his own onside kick(!) in college.

That's pretty cool, but is it really all that rare? I've seen it happen a few times in the NFL. The times I saw it, the kicker didn't do the typical kick-the-top-of-the-ball-so-that-it-bounces-high-into-the-air onside kick but instead he barely dribbled the ball off the tee and he just ran through and landed on it as soon as it went far enough. I think every time I saw it, the team was performing an onside kick as a surprise tactic and not as a last-minute desperation move.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.12
    Originally posted by ironcladlou
    When the North American Numbering Plan was put into place, New York was given the area code of 212 because it was the fewest number of clicks on a rotary phone. Vermont, having a much smaller population, was given the 20-click area code of 802. And when you think about that, 112 makes a lot more sense as an emergency number than 911.
Now if you'd just asked, I coulda told you that! Walking through an old step-switch room is a bizarre thing -- every click of your roatry phone makes a little gadget in the switch room click either over or up. At busy call time, it's pretty frenzied in there. I never know whether I'm more astonished that the mechanical switching ever worked, or that the digital switching works as well as it usually does.

If 911 had been introduced back in the step switch days, they might have chosen something else. But, since most of the world has gone to digital switching, it doesn't much matter. (Besides, can't lead with a "1", since that already was reserved for "propagate upstream to a higher-class switch.)

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I actually read the area code thing a few months ago. I'm still upset my home province of Nova Scotia (902) has to share its area code with stupid PEI.

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    Originally posted by emma
    If 911 had been introduced back in the step switch days, they might have chosen something else. But, since most of the world has gone to digital switching, it doesn't much matter.


According to my father (who worked for AT&T for 36 years) and speculated at Wikipedia, the logic behind the 911 was that be easy enough to remember while minimizing the number of miss dials on a rotary phone.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.22
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    That's pretty cool, but is it really all that rare? I've seen it happen a few times in the NFL. The times I saw it, the kicker didn't do the typical kick-the-top-of-the-ball-so-that-it-bounces-high-into-the-air onside kick but instead he barely dribbled the ball off the tee and he just ran through and landed on it as soon as it went far enough. I think every time I saw it, the team was performing an onside kick as a surprise tactic and not as a last-minute desperation move.


Yeah, now that I've researched it a little more, it isn't that rare. I've never seen it in the NFL though, and it is pretty damn cool.



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    Vermont, having a much smaller population, was given the 20-click area code of 802.


That's why Hawaii is 808.



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Legacy Area Codes* By Number of Clicks (there were only 86 area codes originally, I have 89 listed, so Newfoundland, Alaska, and Hawaii probably came later):
5-New York City
6-Southern California, Chicago
7-NE Texas, SE Michigan, Pittsburgh
8-Philadelphia, E Missouri, W Massachusetts, S Texas
9-NE Ohio, Central New York, S Wisconsin, SW Ohio, E Minnesota
10-Central Illinois, S Kansas, Central California, W Quebec, Rest of Ottawa, Western Iowa
11-Rest of Minnesota, N Indiana, Toronto, C Iowa, SE Ohio, SE Texas, S Indiana
13-New Jersey, E Iowa, E Quebec, NE Michigan, W Michigan, N Wisconsin, W Pennsylvania (other than Pittsburgh)
14-Long Island and SE New York (outside NYC), District of Columbia, Maryland, NW Ohio, E New York, E Massachusetts, W New York, N Illinois (other than Chicago)
15-Rest of Texas (NW), Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, S Illinois, E Pennsylvania (other than Philadelphia), W Missouri
16-N California, Manitoba, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas
17-Alabama, West Virginia, Alberta, Kentucky, Mississippi
18-Washington, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Arizona, North Dakota
19-Maine, Saskatchewan, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Utah
20-Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, British Columbia, Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee
21-New Brunswick, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nova Scotia and PEI
26-Newfoundland and Labrador, Hawaii, Alaska
*according to http://areacode-info.com/!maps/images/NANP1947.gif
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.17
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Legacy Area Codes* By Number of Clicks (there were only 86 area codes originally, I have 89 listed, so Newfoundland, Alaska, and Hawaii probably came later)
    *according to http://areacode-info.com/!maps/images/NANP1947.gif


Yep. Newfoundland in 1949, Alaska and Hawaii in 1959...predating this 1947 list.
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