The FBI originated in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Today, it employs over 30,000 agents, analysts and more, according to their website. Their job is to protect the U.S. from terrorism, espionage and other major criminal acts.
By its very nature, the FBI is always part of the news. But the agency became even more newsworthy after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Now an investigation is underway Comey's dismissal is evidence of Trump obstructing the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
It all started with something that had nothing to do with the FBI at all. Instead, it was this tweet about accidentally calling Morgan Freeman. (Although it seems like if you heard Morgan Freeman's voice, even on accident, you would immediately recognize it.)
The people at the Tasefully Offensive found the tweet funny enough to post on their Tumblr page. The joke reminded Tumblr user Prismatic-Bell of another story involving a wrong number. Here's her story.
"Here's the thing though," the post began. "I used to work for a call center and I was doing a political survey...I called this number that was randomly generated for me and the way our system worked was voice-activated so when the other person said hello you’d get connected to them."
"I just launch right into my 'Harvard University and NPR blah blah blah”' thing," the post continued. "And then there’s this long pause and I think the person’s hung up even though I didn’t hear a click. And then I hear 'you shouldn’t be able to call this number.'”
"So I apologize," the post continued, "and go into the preset spiel about because we aren’t selling anything, etc. etc. And the answer I get is, 'No, I know that. What I mean is that it should be impossible for you to call this number, and I need to know how you got it.'”
"I explain that it’s randomly generated and I’m very sorry for bothering him, and go to hang up. And before I can click terminate, I hear: 'Ma'am, this is a matter of national security.'” So what exactly was happening?
After the story was posted on her Tumblr, it was screen-grabbed and posted on Imgur. Then the Imgur photo was shared on Reddit. People were amazed by the idea that someone could accidentally call the head of the FBI.
Of course, since this was a story posted on someone's Tumblr, it's hard to prove if it really happened or not. And if you tried to ask the FBI about it, we're guessing they wouldn't want to verify the story's accuracy. But in the words of The X-Files, "I want to believe."
Sears listed the North Pole number as ME 2-6681. But one of the digits they listed was wrong. So instead of calling Sears' Santa Claus number, kids really called the Continental Air Defense Command (which has since become the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).