Aural Sex

Virginia is for listeners

Looking for ways to cut its ballooning phone bill, the state of Virginia ran a computer check on the patterns of its employees' long-distance calls. It turned out that in March alone 2,509 calls went to a single New York City number. What for? A 57-second recorded message that titillates dialers with aural sex, specifically the breathless sounds of an ersatz liaison in which the imaginative caller can pretend that he (or she) is a participant.

Virginia Governor Charles Robb first heard of the decadent direct dialing from his press...

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