Working at a newspaper, I get all kinds of weird phone calls.
I've learned to cringe at the words "I've got a great story for you!"
But when we're not feeding the crazy, we get our share of wrong numbers and strange requests.
1) The caller that launched into a description of the car he was looking for.
It took a while, but I figured out he was *not* looking for a specific vehicle advertised in our paper, but that he thought we were a car dealership.
It took several tries to convince him that no, we do not sell cars.
2) There was the email asking us to email over all the birth announcements from 1990-1991 because the person thought his ex girlfriend might have given birth to his child around that time.
We referred him to the microfilm catalog at the local archives.
3) There was a recent request for a copy of a photo of someone who had passed away in 1991.
This actually was remotely possible we could do something about, but we had no record of this person.
Again, referred her to the archives.
And I've lost track of the number of times that people have called to berate us about delivery issues, a poor article and so forth, only to have it come out that the paper in question is our competition.
There are only two of us in this city. It shouldn't be that hard to tell us apart.
And don't get me started on the number of people who call asking to be transferred to them, or simply wanting their phone number.