Answering Machine Messsages LIST

Ok. Since there seems to exist a somewhat spread interest in this:
Here it is, in its entirety:
The Canonical List of Telephone Answering Machine Messages:
"Hi!  I don't exist at the moment, but if you leave your message, 
name and         number, I'll call you back when I am..."  *beep*
"You've reached the B&D hotline.  All our operators are tied-up 
right now, so if you leave a name, number, a list of 
transgressions and bark like a dog, we'll get right back to you 
with your penance."
(1) "Hello, this is Ron.  (pause)   Hello?   Hello!!?    Nah, just 
kidding.  This is an answering machine. (etc.)"
(2) "Hello, this is Ron.  I'm not home right now, but I can take a 
message.  Hang on a second while I get a pencil."  (background 
noise - open a drawer and shuffle stuff around.)  "OK, what would 
you like me to tell me?"
Also, something you might do after you've had the machine for a 
few months is start answering in person with "Hello, this is a 
live voice."  (Variation on a theme by "The Cosby Show".)  Or you 
could try answering your own phone with "Hello, is Ron there?"
"We are unable to come to the phone right now.  At the tone, 
please leave your name, number, and Master Card, Visa, or American 
Express account number and we'll get back to, pending credit 
"You have reached the , Strategic Air Command Nuclear 
Missle Storage Facility.  We are unable to come to the phone right 
now.  At the tone, please leave you name, number and target or 
list of targets and we'll launch as soon as we can.  And have a 
nice day."
     "Hello?"  "Sorry, he's not here 
right now, but if you leave a message, he'll get back to you."
     "Hello. This is Chris. John and Mike aren't here right now, 
but if you leave a message, they'll get back to you as soon as 
they can."
[imitating Ensign Chekov] 
"Oh, was *Khan*!  He made us say things...he 
kept us from answering the phone!  But Keptin was strong, and if 
you leave your name and number, Keptin will get back to you as 
soon as he can!"  
[imitating Mr. Rogers]
"Hello.  I'm in the Magic Kingdom right now, so I can't come to 
the phone. Can you leave your name and number when you hear the 
sound of the tone? Sure...I knew you could." 
Steve:  Hello.  Steve and Matt aren't here right now but if...
Matt:  Steve, what are you doing?
Steve:  I'm leaving a phone message since we aren't here.
Matt:  But you left the last one -- it's my turn.
Steve:  No, I'm sure it's my turn.
Matt:  No, you're incorrect.  It's definitely my turn.
Steve:  You fool.  I know it's ... wait ... Matt ... what are you 
doing         with that frying pan?!?
  BONK [really loud thud]
Matt:  Steve is out right now, so please leave your name and 
"Hello.  I'm David's answering machine.  What are you?"
        "This is (#include phone.addr). We are not ... excuse me a 
moment, please. Put your sister down. PUT YOUR SISTER DOWN! (sound 
of window breaking) Great! What a mess. I'll have to get back to 
you later."
        "Finally get an answering machine. Now how does this thing 
work? Hmmm. Press record button, I did that, and the light should 
be on. I wonder why it's not working right. Hmmmm, I wonder what 
this button does......"
A friend of mine at school has this message, read by three people 
while the STAR TREK theme plays in the background.
     1:  Room 17, the final frontier.
     2:  These are the messages of Chad's answering machine.  Its 
2 semester         mission:  to seek out your name and your 
telepohne number.
     3:  To boldly inform you to wait for the tone.
(Annoying flute music in background)
Good day, Jim.  Your contact, [insert name], is not available 
right now. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to 
leave your name,number, and a brief message at the tone.  This 
tape will self-destruct in thirty seconds. Good Luck, Jim.
"Steve is reassembling Elvis' brain and can't come to the phone 
right now, but if you leave your name ...", etc.
"Steve has been captured by a flying saucer and can't come to the 
phone right now, but if you leave your name, phone number, and a 
message I'll have him call you back as soon as he gets away.  Read 
all about it in next week's National Enquirer."
In the background can be heard Gregorian Chant or some other 
church music  Good Day My child, you have reached 
{name} dial a confession. At the tone if you will leave your name, 
number and short confession I will get back to you with your 
pennance. Thank you and may God go with you. 
        Hi this is . I'm sorry I can't answer the phone 
right now.        Leave a message and then wait by the phone until 
I call you back.
A friend was at a mutal friend's sister's house, and when she went 
out for beer, he changed her answering machine message.  In a 
loud, deep, gravely, horror-film voice he recorded, "HI, THIS IS 
     I worked for a bit in the coastguard in Wales and I used to 
send weather reports to other bases, using a sort of antique FAX 
machine. I would call first on a special telephone and then send 
the data. They used to answer the phone with:
    " Epicentre of the Universe, God speaking."
    " Hartland home for lost whores."  (that was Hartland CG)    " 
Da, zis iz Ivan: do you have zee secret information, Boris?"
    " Pentagon command: transmit destruct sequence (pause) 
sequence correct: T        minusone minute and counting"
     And then there was one phone we didn't use, with a number one 
off that of the local take-out.  With my, non-British, accent I 
had some great fun with that phone.
     "Starship Enterprise, Uhura here, can you hold please?  -- 
Captain, there is a transmission coming in on hailing frequency 
seven, do you want it on screen?" (
     "Vancouver coastguard, may I help you."  British long 
distance rates are phenomenonal and I had this poor dude 
sputtering with horror that he had managed to make a long distance 
call by dialing five digits.

Noisy pick-up of phone
Uh... Hello?
Hi, I 'm a burgular and I was just about to steal Troy's answering 
machine. If you give me your name and number I'll..uh, I'll post 
it on the 'frige where he'll see it.  Uh.. by the way, where did 
you say you live?
But right now I'm using "This is a boring answering machine 
message. Leave a message anyway." because I'm sick of people 
ringing the phone at 10am just so they can hear the clever 
messages I usually have, and then hanging up without even leaving 
a "like your message" message. Feh!
[Must have good Australian accent]
G'day mate.  Can't come to the phone now because I'm a bit tied up 
with this crocodile.  Just leave a message, and I'll get back to 
This is the Literacy Self Test Hotline.  After the tone, leave 
your name and number and recite a sentence using today's 
vocabulary word.  Today's word is supercilious         ...}
The President is not in his office at this time.  Please leave 
your name, phone number, the name of the country you wish to 
invade, and the secret password.
Kemosabe no in tipi now.  You leave'um message after little smoke 
signal, and Kemosabe get back for pow-wow real fast.
Also, on the subject of answering machins, my favorite tape was: 
"This is Jeff, you're not in now so I'll leave a message."
Really confused people.
A bubble in the space-time continuum has connected your line to a 
channeler in the 23rd Century.  Any message you leave will be 
broadcast into the future....
Hello.  I can't come to the phone now because--HEY, GEORGE!  DON'T 
STAND ON THAT--goddam.  ...because I've invited George and Barbara 
THAT!...over for dinner.  After the tone...BARBARA, CALL YOUR 
DOG...MILLIE! DOWN GIRL! ..shit...Leave a message after the 
tone...HEY, FUCKHEAD...
Hello.  Lindsey's not home now--this is his domestic droid 
speaking. I'm not programmed to answer the phone, so just leave a 
message, and Lindsey will get back to you as soon as possible.
"Hi! You have reached 579-7599.  This is an answering machine.  
This is the Eighties.  You know what to do."
My wife and I can't come to the phone right now, but if you'll 
leave your name and number we'll get back to you as soon as we're 
Ring, Ring:
The number you have xxx-xxxx (your number) has been changed, the 
new number is xxx-xxxx (again, your number). CULATA!
"Hello, and welcome to Answering Machines of the Rich and Famous! 
(your name here) can't come to the phone right now, because he's 
spending the week in his beautiful summer home on the French 
One day I had a borrowed Casio sampler toy and used it to create a 
rather interesting one:Hello. You have reached Tooooommmmmm Tom 
Tm! Tom and MaMaMaMarMMMMaark's room. Tom is studying 
ssttuuddyyiinngg sssssssssssss and MaMark isn'isn'isn'isn't here. 
isn't here. P-P-Pleas! leave a messssssssage. Goodbye. 'bye! 
bye!bbyebybyyeyeyebbye  {byes repeating at all different pitches}
Last year my roommate had a machine but he hated to make the 
outgoing message. Stage fright, I guess. So I usually made them. 
One that we usually used during exam time was:{background music: 
Billy Joel's _Pressure_ very loud}Hello. You have reached Tom and 
Mark's room. We're a little busy now..{ BJ screams PRESSURE!!! } 
So, leave a message and we'll get back to you someday after (exam 
end date){ BJ: ONE TWO THREE FOUR PRESSURE!!! followed by a very 
out-of-tune BEEP! }
My favorite message that I ever had was the *real* message I 
recorded off 1-800-CALL-SPY, the U.S. army snitching network. Try 
it, its a great recording (call after 5 pm for the message).
[Give it try!  -pZ]

In the background can be heard springs creaking and various moans.
 Hi,... You've just reached 
{name} pleasure palace. We're all busy as I'm sure you can tell 
but when we're done... we'llget back to you in whatever way we 
can. You wouldn't believe how much explaining my mother 
wanted on that one...
    [b.g. music is frantic, violin oriented]
    "hello.  you have reached xxx-xxxx.  we are currently unable 
to answer    because we are either chasing, or being chased by, 
bats.  please leave    a message..." etc.
    [the quiet, eerie vocal part of 'hello, earth' by kate bush]
    (after about 30 seconds): "hello.  you have reached xxx-xxxx.     
we can't come to the phone right now because we're at vespers.      
please leave a message..." etc. (30 more seconds of music before    
the  beep.)
(Spoken in a granny voice)
"Way back inna winner of fifty-two, we didn' have fanshy gadjets 
like no ansherin' machine.  You jusht had to call and call until 
shummbody got home.  Now, shum people, dey shay dey don' like 'em, 
but I shay it'll shave you a lotta trouble if you jusht leave a 
meshage.  Thanksh a lot."
Must be spoken in a drawl.
Well, this isn't strictly from an answering machine, but...
>From Calvin and Hobbes:
(phone rings)
(you answer)  Hello, this is <...> speaking.  I'd like a large 
pizza with extra anchovies.
(other person)  What?
(you reply)  Oh, sorry, I must have a wrong number.
(hang up)
Make everyone's day a little more surreal.
"I'm home right now . . . I'm just screening my calls.  So just 
start talking and if you're someone I want to speak to I'll pick 
up the phone.  Otherwise, well, what can I say?
In Japan, the hand can be used like a knife. [sound effect: 
Heeeeee-YAH!, smashing box of kleenex]   But this method doesn't 
work with a telephone call...
[sound effect: dial tone]
Introducing the all-new GINSU answering machine! It cuts, it 
chops,it slices,   it dices your incoming calls!  How much would 
you pay?  Don't answer, because if you leave your name and number 
when you   hear the tone, we'll throw in a return phone call 
"Hi, you have reached .... Please leave your name, phone number 
and a   message and if we like it we will return your call".
However, the most effective one I have had so far can be used only 
one day   per year: "This is David.  I'm not using the phone over 
Yom Kippur, so please   leave a message or call back after the 
holiday."  No one wants to admit not   having realized it was Yom 
Kippur or not knowing I would pick one holiday from   the whole 
calendar on which to get observant, so everyone hangs up and 
leaves   me no bad news or requests for favors.
"This is David.  Talk."
"Hi.  This is David.  I've shut the ringers off on my phones and 
taken a   sedative.  As soon as I finish this recording I'm going 
to bed indefinitely.   When I wake up I'll play my messages.  
Please leave one."
[with a kazoo band playing "Thus Spake Zarathustra" in the 
"Thinking you were making an ordinary phone call, you have instead   
reached..." [YA-DAAAAAAAAA!] "...the ANSWERING MACHINE!  Leave 
your name   and number, and we will get back to you as soon as we 
"Hello, this is Dr. Pangloss.  If this were the best of all 
possible worlds,   I could come to the phone right now, but I 
can't, so if you could leave your   name and number..."
     "Hello?"  "Sorry, he's not here 
right now,   but if you leave a message, he'll get back to you."
(woman taped off a "phone sex" service)
WOMAN : (seductively) Hi.  I'm Linda.  You know, it can be really 
lonely   when you're a fashion model.  Sometimes I just have to 
YOU : (interupting) Oh cmon, Linda, give me the damn phone..   
(then ask for a message)
Just after the earthquake a friend of mine put on his answering 
     "Hi, this is Jeff.  We can't get to the phone right now 
because we   were killed in the Earthquake.  Tragic, isn't it?  
But, leave a   message anyway, someone is sure to get it 
eventually."  BEEP
My favorite post quake message:
    "Hi, we're not in cause we're out LOOTING!
     Leave a message and we'll call you back and tell you what we 
"Hello, I'm not hear right now.  In fact, I'm out getting a new 
parakeet.  If you leave a message after the beep, I'll be sure to 
get back to you.  Oh, and by the way, a word of advice; never try 
to clean a parakeet cage  with a vacuum cleaner."
------------------------------------------------ of loud music in background)...Hello? - 
just a second while I turn the stereo off (sound of person running 
to click off music, which gets quiet.  sound of person running 
back to phone) OK, sorry about that, hi there, who's this...well 
hi!... uh huh...yeah...well listen you're talking to a machine, so 
please leave a message and I'll call you back.(this ran for a 
while until a friend threatened to kill us after she said she had 
a 2 minute conversation with the machine.)
 "Hello, this is Jim. Unfortunately I can't answer the phone right 
now   because I've just come back from the Mirror Worlds and I'm 
still made  up of antimatter, so if I were to pick up the phone 
right now, the  resulting energy release would make Hiroshima look 
like a wet firecracker.     So leave a message at the tone and 
I'll get back to you as soon as my   component particles have been 
restored to their normal charges."
 "Speak, worm!" 
  Works best if done in a Darth Vader voice.
 "You know what to do at the tone." 
  This confuses anyone who doesn't know you.
 "Hello, I'm not here." 
  A friend of mine used this one last summer. I always answered it 
with  "Okay, that's all I wanted to know."
   Hi!! You've reached Janet and Chris's room. We're not in right 
now. If this is our parents, we're at the library studying. Yeah, 
yeah, that's it, that's the ticket. If this is John (Chris's 
boyfriend), Chris is out with the girls at the party. Yeah, that's 
it. If this is any one else, we're at a party and you're not. 
Yeah, a party with the president. Yeah and the .... pope. Yeah 
that's it. 
One voice:  I didn't expect an answering machine.
Another voice:           Nobody expects an answrering machine.
           Our chief use is to get your name. And phone number.
           Our two chief uses are to get your name and phone 
number. And   message.  (damn)
           Our three uses are to get your name, phone number, and   
message.   And time you called.
           Oh, damn, we'll have to start over. No--no time for 
that, so  just wait for the beep.
(in an Italian mafia-style tone:)
"Hello.  I can't come to the phone right now.  Me and Guido are 
trying to stuff a body in the trunk.  I think we're going to have 
to size it a little... 

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