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What's the meaning behind the KL5 phone number?

Asked by AshlynM (10677points) March 10th, 2012

Is this a real thing or just something only found in tv shows? I know in Seinfeld Elaine sprouts off Jerry’s phone number and it begins wit KL5.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

KLondike 5 KL5 is fictious and only for TV (555—####).
(For some reason the link won’t work for wiki…if you look up 555 or KLondike 5 you can read the article)

Phone numbers use to include a location.

Example: A local number here might have been “GLenview 3 – ####

It was a way to remember the number and told what locale you lived in.

Kayak8's avatar

In my area we had 29 for Ax of Axminster. Today we would say 297-xxxx and in my grandparent’s day, they would say the number was Axminster 7-xxxx. We also had Amherst (26), The words were called “Telephone Exchanges” and there is an interesting list of telephone exchange names here

gailcalled's avatar

(Do you mean “spout” rather than “sprout”?)

AshlynM's avatar

@gailcalled oops, thanks for the correction.

anarose9468's avatar

Klonkike 5 or KLamath5, was used in older television shows; In the fifties and sixties.
Because the telephone exchanges used letters and numbers.

zenvelo's avatar

555—#### is a universal number for Information (what is now called Directory Assistance). So 555 is the only prefix for entertainment.

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chewhorse's avatar

KL5 is the same prefix numbers in all movie and TV shows (555) which is an unused sequence.. They’re using KL as a throw off.

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