Google likes a good easter egg. That is evident by the company's multitude of weird, unexpected, and fun little things that it sprinkles inside its apps, websites, and services. Case in point: Project Fi. The network's experience page prominently and repeatedly displays the same phone number: (404)-978-9316.
A nosy reader's curiosity was piqued as to the specificity and focus on that particular set of ten digits. He decided to dial it up and see what happens. Is it Larry Page's hotline? Would someone from Project Fi's support team pick up? Does it trigger a bunch of balloons to pop somewhere in the world? Or maybe it's really some random guy's phone number and he has no idea he's about to get bombarded with calls for no reason. Worse, he could be answering from an iPhone. Gasp.
But it wasn't any of the above. It was Lionel Richie, singing "Hello, is it me you're looking for?"
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted, and my arms are open wide
Alternate title: Google Enlists Lionel Richie To Win Your Heart, Forgets He Hasn't Got A Clue
- Bart Dyer