80s, 90s
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The Lost Art of Answering Machine Messages


As landlines, phone books, “while you were away notepads” and cassette recorders go extinct, so goes the lost art of creative answering machine messages. Sure you can put something funny on your voicemail, but that doesn’t seem too professional since your business/personal phone number is the same. And now most people tend to skip the personality and have the computerized voice saying “the person you are trying to call is unavailable.” But I remember a time when people would put a lot of effort in their 30second message statement, as shown here in this classic Kids in the Hall sketch….

Some people would go even farther and make musical numbers just like George…

And then there was the old folks who think it was hip to add a 90s rap to their message…

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