1 900 number

Remember when Lisa calls the 1-900-COREY number in The Simpsons and racks up all that money? That was a real hotline.

With those hotlines, you’d just keep paying in small increments for a few minutes of entertainment – which added up to huge amounts – not unlike the way you do now with Candy Crush, or Kardashian Kibbles, or whatever other app that was totally free to download and totally fun for five minutes, until you realized you could have even MORE fun if you reverse-mortgaged your house for 378,034 Khloe Kardashian Kroners.

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