By: Tanika Gentry

There is a phone number so coincidentally misfortunate i.e. deadly, that the phone company decided not to issue it as an option for any new potential customers. Anyone who has had this phone number and was otherwise perfectly healthy was either shot to death or diagnosed with some sort of disease and died shortly thereafter. What is this number you ask?


It’s 888-888-8888. Mysteriously referred to as the “DIGITS OF DOOM!”

There was this 48yr old guy, able-bodied & physically fit, who thought the number ‘8’ would bring him luck because, in China, the number ‘8’ is thought to be the number of good fortune. After receiving this phone number, he was all of sudden diagnosed with cancer and died only months later. The next person to receive the phone number 888-888-8888 was shot to death by an unknown assailant while dining with his girlfriend. The third obliviously unfortunate person to receive the “ominous 8’s” phone number was shot dead while he was casually standing outside of a restaurant.

Needless to say, after the third death, the mobile company decided not to assign this phone number anymore. So, for all you audaciously brave souls, staunch non- believers, or fearless idiots out there willing to throw caution to the wind and test fate, by all means GO AHEAD and ask for this phone number.

I’ll gladly include your obituary in my follow up story...