Phones are a weird liability. I was in high school when I got my first phone. It was an adventure. Back when you actually paid per text I accidentally racked up $100 bill . My mom was not happy.

But the weirdest early-phone memory happened very late one Wednesday night. It was maybe 2:30 in the morning when my new phone started ringing. It was loud enough to bring me just barely out of an unusually deep sleep, the kind of half-awake state where nothing’s quite real.

“Hello?” I slurred.

“Where are you?” came a very angry and worried voice from the other end.

“…in bed?” I said.

“This is my daughter’s phone.” she hissed.

Clearly a wrong number. I should explain. But I’ve only got 2 working brain cells at the moment, so all I can manage is “…can’t help you there.”

She hangs up.

To this day I wonder how weird and confusing that eventual mother-daughter conversation was.

But enough about me… let’s all check out some other wrong number exchanges, and marvel at the possibilities of the stories behind them.

10. “A Warning”

9. “Green Beans”

8. “You’re Right”


7. “Cheese Recommendations”


6. “Fire”

5. “Princess”

4. “Worm Boy”


3. “The Genie”

2. “Nope, Mitchell”


1. “I’m Bringing Chili”


Honestly, I don’t know how many of those are real, but I don’t care, because they’re damn good modern literature.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to text “I’m bringing chili” to random numbers so someone else can have a good story.

Have you ever had a weird wrong number experience? Tell us about it in the comments.