This is kind of awesome. Paul Collins, know as The Literary Detective
, recently noted that he had unearthed what he believed might be the first recorded evidence of a prank phone call
... made in 1884. Here's the newspaper report:
If you can't read it, the important part says:
A GRAVE JOKE ON UNDERTAKERS -- Some malicious wag at Providence R.I. has been playing a grave practical joke on the undertakers there, by summoning them over the telephone to bring freezers, candlesticks and coffin for persons alleged to be dead. In each case the denoument was highly farcical, and the reputed corpses are now hunting in a lively manner for that telephonist.
Ah, the kids those days...