The Bible has plenty to say about locusts, hail, and blood in the river, but nowhere does the good book talk about a plague of crank phone calls. Such was the unholy fate that met several mortals – including, ironically, a reverend in Georgia and a North Carolina church – last week after their number repeatedly flashed on Jim Carrey’s pager in Bruce Almighty as Jehovah’s digits. One is even said to be threatening legal action. What’s the 411? Universal Pictures says it purposefully chose a number that doesn’t exist in Buffalo, the film’s setting, eschewing the 555 exchange generally used on such an occasion. Kinda like Tommy Tutone, the band that faced similar complaints after their ”867-5309/Jenny” (inspired by a nightclub pal) hit the charts in 1982. ”It was [the real] Jenny’s parents’ number, and they weren’t too pleased,” recalls cofounder Tommy Heath, who has since repented. ”You know, I just couldn’t do 555-5555.” Amen!
Posted June 13 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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