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Prior to the invention of the telephone, did people send “prank telegrams”? Were there ever any “prank pigeon” messages?(r/AskHistorians)
>Western Union charged by the word, turning the loquacious terse, and sometimes ambiguous. A reporter asked the actor Cary Grant about his age. > >HOW OLD CARY GRANT? > >The actor supposedly replied: > >OLD CARY GRANT FINE. HOW YOU?
>Both Mark Twain and Arthur Conan Doyle supposedly sent similar telegrams to a dozen prominent men, all of whom packed up and left town immediately.
>FLEE AT ONCE — ALL IS DISCOVERED.