If I Could Trace Your Private Number Baby

OK, yes, I found this on Fark, but I only went there because I wanted to know what was happening with them filing for a trademark on "NSFW."

Apparently a teenager from Iceland called the presumably unlisted phone number used by the Secret Service to route calls for President Bush.  A teenager?  From Iceland?  Not that there are all that many phone numbers in the 202 area code anyway, but my favorite part of the article is how they kept this kid on the line.

Vífill claims he was passed on to several people, each of them quizzing him on President Grímsson's date of birth, where he grew up, who his parents were and the date he entered office.


"It was like passing through checkpoints," he said. "But I had Wikipedia and a few other sites open, so it was not so difficult really."

I seriously doubt that the Secret Service had any intention whatsoever of passing this kid on to a real West Wing staff member- they just wanted to trace the call.

Link: ABC News: Ten Dials Bush Private Number 'to Chat'.