San Francisco Yellow Pages, 1986: In the Yellow Pages that year you’d find listed “Third Ear Telepathic Answering Service” at 221-3333. If you called it you might hear this —
“Hello and thank you for calling Third Ear Telepathic Answering Service, the world’s most reliable telepathic answering service.
“I am your Host and Operator Ruru the Guru, speaking to you direct from the Himalaya Hideaway.
“You know, just yesterday three different people telepathed me up with basically the same question …
“Ruru (they asked), last Sunday I left a message with you for, oh, Uncle Joe or Aunt Mabel, and Ruru … they didn’t get my message. Were you asleep, or drunk, or what?
“Now I’m not angry or anything but I’d like to take just a minute to address that issue. First of all, me and the Himalaya Hideaway exist primarily in the astral plane, so we don’t sleep at all. That’s how we’re able to offer 24-hour service with no additional staff.
“And secondly I don’t want to say anything bad about Uncle Joe, but you got to realize something about telepathy. Lots of times you leave a message and I carry it over and put it in someone’s head for you. … But sometimes they don’t get that message.
“You know why?
“(I’m surprised you haven’t thought of this yourself.)
“The answer’s simple …
“They wasn’t nobody home.”