Business: Telephone: On Hold
Learn stuff on hold   (+17)  [vote for, against]

When on hold, instead of annoying music, why not have random parts of wikipedia or similar reference read out to pass the time. Even better if read in a Sideshow Bob voice
-- simonj, Mar 14 2012

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A classic [RayfordSteele, Mar 15 2012]

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[normzone, Mar 15 2012]

I want Mr. Moviephone to tell me about the tribes of northern Khazakstan while I'm waiting to speak with a customer service representative. Better yet, maybe he could just teach me their language; that way, when I finally get a live human being on the line, I'll stand a better chance of them understanding my problem.

-- Alterother, Mar 15 2012

Alternatively, just play clips of QI.
-- marklar, Mar 15 2012

Better than music, but not as good as silence.

For maximum information on hold, the best would be a hissing sound, as close to white as the telephone system permits.
-- mouseposture, Mar 15 2012

mandate their competitions' adverts.
-- FlyingToaster, Mar 15 2012

[+] I might enjoy this unless the info got cut-off when they were ready to talk!! At the University where I work, there are info-mercials about the school and actually some interesting facts that I didn't know!
-- xandram, Mar 15 2012

I prefer something bland and monotone when on hold. I put the phone onto speaker then go about my work and only perk up when I hear someone speaking. I hate it when they interupt muzac with voices but its only their commercial or someone telling me how important my call is to them. I would find this system distracting.
-- AusCan531, Mar 15 2012

Not a Krusty the Clown voice?

I suppose there's always DocBrown's on-hold storytime...
-- RayfordSteele, Mar 15 2012

Anything's better than Handel's 'Wedding Suite'.
-- Alterother, Mar 15 2012

Perhaps "Press 1 for monotonous Muzak, Press 2 for the history of metallurgy, Press 3 for clips of QI" and so on.
-- AusCan531, Mar 15 2012

... Press 666 for a burst of Carmina Burana at maximum volume and then an immediate transfer to the Accounts Department ...
-- 8th of 7, Mar 15 2012

Which movement?
-- Alterother, Mar 15 2012

Estuans interius. Obviously.
-- mouseposture, Mar 15 2012

Good choice!
-- Alterother, Mar 15 2012

not O Fortuna..?
-- simonj, Mar 16 2012

SO overused.
-- Alterother, Mar 16 2012

I've had BBC news before. I was impressed.
-- TomP, Mar 16 2012

For Darwin's sake, Someone get out there and make this happen boffins !!
-- PainOCommonSense, Mar 16 2012

My Dad is looking for a new on-hold recording for his vet clinic; Ima suggest the Beeb, that's wicked cool.
-- Alterother, Mar 21 2012

er, slight correction. In the original post I mentioned Sideshow Bob..what I was actually thinking of was Sideshow Mel. It's the small details that count!
-- simonj, Mar 21 2012

random, halfbakery