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A Bulgarian phone number featuring nine eights has been cut off after three successive owners died in suspicious circumstances. The details come courtesy of the Telegraph, which reports that the first owner of 0888 888 888 died of cancer aged 48, while the next two were gunned down following shady business dealings. Such …


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  1. Smallbrainfield
    Paris Hilton


    ...being some form of criminal is more likely to get you killed than a telephone number?

  2. Thomas 18

    The announcer

    Who is the recorded announcer? he could be the next target!!!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Air bags?

    ....all this talk of Bulgaria, and not a single mention of air bags? Even with all the 8's (with a bit of serious squinting, they could be...) in the article?

    Shame. Journalistic standards, death of the Reg etc etc.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    fess up

    Surely it would be better to leave the number in service and just arrest whoever buys it. Clearly they are up to no good...

  5. Robert Carnegie Silver badge


    A British newspaper can make up any old rubbish and set it in Eastern Europe and people believe it.

    Or THE BIG ISSUE, (and that's [not]


  6. Richard 120
    Paris Hilton

    Nice tags "Numbers" & "Stupid"

    Yes, a rather stupid conclusion there, that the number is in some way cursed.

    I'm not sure dying of cancer is actually all that suspicious, not unless there was some Polonium & Russian spies involved.

    Getting gunned down when you're a Mafia boss/Cocaine Smuggler isn't really that suspicious either and I'd say falls under the "Occupational Hazard" category.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Yes, if we were to use this method on a larger scale, we'd be forced to conclude that all phone numbers are cursed. This should be reasonable, since everyone that has ever had a phone number has already, or will eventually die. Thus, all phone numbers that have ever been used are cursed.

      Popular causes of death rarely have much to do with actual causation.

      If one really wanted to prevent death, he would stop things from being born/grown. 'Cause being alive is the primary cause of death.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    With a model?

    What model? Ivanya Onyaphone?

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: With a model?

      Yushouda Tundyafonov?

  8. icklefluffybunnyrabbit

    oooooo...proof that correlation = causation...

    It's bad luck to be superstitious.

  9. J 3


    What was the name of the CEO fellow? Was by any change Konstantin D., I wonder?

  10. Milen A. Radev

    Mobitel is...

    Mobiltel (now Mtel) actually.

  11. Andy 4
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    Perhaps allocating that number to crims would be useful.

  12. Big-nosed Pengie

    Checks the date

    1st of April? No.


  13. The Fuzzy Wotnot

    Oh for God's sake!

    What is this, 1635? FFS! "The owners are in leagure with Grumbledook! Burn them and their families! Cast then all to the cleaning flames! Satan walks abroad this 'morrow!"

    It's a number FFS! If it had been 08882467346 and 15 people had died, would they cut it off? No!

    3 people have died, one from one of the biggest killers in 20th/21st centrury, cancer. The other two were killed...but they were gangsters living very, very dangerous lifestyles! They spent all day hanging about with a bunch of headcases who'd kill you as soon as look at you!!! Doesn't take a degree from the Hendon police training college to work that out!!

    Going to go lie down in darkened room, wait until humanity grows up a little bit.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon


      "Doesn't take a degree from the Hendon police training college to work that out!!"

      What exactly does a degree from Hendon police training college qualify you to work out then?

      Answers on a post-it note stapled to a £50 note please.

  14. rcdicky

    Some (but thankfully not all

    are taking this article far too seriously!

  15. Anonymous Coward

    maybe the next owner will be...

    8 alive ;)

    /no time to get coat I have a rampaging mob to avoid

  16. max allan


    I, for one, welcome our phone number issuing masters...

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  18. joshimitsu

    Suggestions for the voice recording

    "In eight days you will dieeee"

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why would

    Any criminal want an easy to remember phone number?

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