Kevin Bumstead from Illinois recently decided to engage his son, Jake, and his nephew, Kyle, in a playful challenge involving an old rotary phone. Inspired by a similar video on YouTube, Bumstead anticipated that his kids would provide entertaining content—and they certainly lived up to expectations.
Providing the two youngsters with an antique rotary phone and a time limit of four minutes, Bumstead captured their attempts to decipher the seemingly straightforward task of dialing a phone number. The resulting video gained immense popularity, amassing over 23 million views and more than 400,000 shares.
Initiating the challenge with a confident “That’s it?” the teenage boys soon discovered the complexities of what they deemed ‘alien technology.’ Throughout the video, they hilariously experimented with various incorrect methods, even seeking guidance from Dad on whether they should lift the receiver before dialing. Dad’s revelation that they successfully dialed zero injected renewed energy into their persistently failing efforts.
In the end, their comically unsuccessful attempts are certain to keep those familiar with rotary phones amused, as they navigate the challenge with suspense and cheer. The video’s comments reflect sentiments about how these kids will never experience the unique aspects of using a rotary phone, such as the satisfaction of slamming the receiver down during an argument or the challenges of dialing in for a radio contest. As one viewer noted, most kids today will likely never recognize the sound of a dial tone.
For a lighthearted four-minute dose of entertainment, this amusing rotary phone challenge video is worth a watch