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Title: 'Lucky' Chinese phone number fetches $300,000 at online auction
Source: AFP/Yahoo
URL Source: ... -number-fetches-113707238.html
Published: Aug 16, 2020
Author: Mike CLARKE
Post Date: 2020-08-16 16:43:47 by Dakmar
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Views: 18
Comments: 3

A "lucky" mobile phone number has sold for a whopping 2.25 million yuan ($300,000) after hundreds of people vied online for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits.

The number ends in five eights, a sought-after combination in China as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity".

The number was among assets seized and ordered auctioned by a court in Beijing, and an online sale attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday.

Phone users in China -- especially companies seeking to impress clients and business partners -- often pay a premium for combinations of digits considered lucky.

Eight is the most sought after digit, and so prized in China that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing started officially at eight minutes past eight on the eighth day of August, the eighth month.

The number four, which in Mandarin sounds similar to "death", is least favoured.

The winner of Sunday's auction paid 400 yuan to join the action and has ten days to come up with the remaining sum.

A phone number ending in eight sevens holds the record on the auction platform for fetching 3.91 million yuan at a 2017 auction.

Seven sounds like "arise" or "life essence" and is considered a good number for relationships.

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Bring this up next time leftists attack Christians for being irrational.

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#1. To: Dakmar, 4um (#0)

Hey man, you know my cell number is 787-878-7878 and my home number is 787-787-8787.

You wanna broker this deal for me? I'll have to memorize new numbers, so I should get at least half.

Verizon hates me.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2020-08-16   17:09:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Esso (#1)

How many people had 867-5309 disconnected in the 80's? :)

“I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.” - William S Burroughs

Dakmar  posted on  2020-08-16   17:27:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Esso (#1)

That reminds me of the computer program that would take a BASIC program and rename all the variables to some random sequence of 1s and lower case ls, thus rendering the program almost incomprehensible to a human.

StraitGate  posted on  2020-08-16   20:58:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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