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Ghost Phone

A novelty cordless phone
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You've seen the scene the countless old movies. The heroine picks up the phone, and says "It's dead!" The detective fishes out the line, studies the frayed end, and announces, "The line's been cut!" Now, what if at the moment, the phone started ringing?

It's possible with the Ghost Phone. The phone is a reproduction of a lovely old design (such as a North Electric H6 Desk or a Stromberg-Carlson 1212) to give it a suitably spooky look. Unlike normal portable phones, in which only the handset is cordless, the base of the Ghost Phone is cordless. A six inch cord (complete with frayed end) sticks out the back and acts as an antena to the receiving unit, which is cleverly hidden under a nearby sofa or desk. You can walk around the house holding an entire phone that looks like it's just been yanked out of the wall. The perfect decorator phone for Adams Family-style parlors.

Bartlebooth, Feb 12 2002


       I like it. But i assume you'd need some sort of transmitter in the phone jack.   

       Have a generic non brand french pastry.
[ sctld ], Feb 12 2002

       Nicely done, well inspired, Bartle. I'd make the cord a little longer than six inches though.
waugsqueke, Feb 12 2002

       You'd want to have a pretend wire to the wall, so you could rip it out for effect. (Ideally, you'd have some kind of sensor alerting you to an incoming call seconds before the phone actually rang, to allow you to rip the phone from the wall, before the delayed ringer began.)
pottedstu, Feb 12 2002

       The notion is baked, as evidenced by stories such as //The Dead Sleep Lightly//
supercat, Feb 12 2002

       partner this with the "spooky thunder and lightning window". A flat screen that imitates a large window looking out into a creepy night view of the castle just over yonder. Lightening streaks flash across the screen and fiercesome loud thunder crashes at random intervals. A wolf howls in the distance and perhaps in the quieter moments just the hint of heavy breathing.........
po, Feb 12 2002

       Every Film Noir home should have one.
goff, Feb 14 2002

       So if you plug it in, does it stop functioning?
RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2002

       If you plug it in, it becomes a toaster.
pottedstu, Feb 14 2002

       Bartle, I love your 'bunk couch,' by the way.
RayfordSteele, May 06 2002

       Just such a cut ringing phone features in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. As does Johnny Depp, glowingly pubertal, for you ladies out there. Or gentlemen.   

       In my circles, 'Ghost Phone' refers to the involuntary "Draw!" spasm your arm gets when your brain starts hearing ringtones that aren't there.
General Washington, Sep 04 2002

       Good Idea I give it two thumbs up. How about a plastic tounge that comes out of the microphone and a scary toned voice that says "I'm you boyfriend/girlfried now" when you push a botton on the reciever like in the movie "Nightmare on Elm Street" so that you can scare the shit out of someone having phone sex on the ghost phone
jeffman, Jul 21 2003

       I like it.   

       Of course, it needn't be a "gag" phone, this could be a legit product; maybe I'd like to have my Art Deco French Decorator Phone out on the deck or by the pool, but don't want the danged wires strung all over the house so the maid trips on it and falls on top of the cat who jumps up and scratches the UPS delivery guy who sues me for $500,000.   

       Not that that has ever happened, but just having that product available would certainly eliminate a lot of sleepless nights around here.
whlanteigne, Jul 22 2003


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