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September 23, 2013

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606 would be the first three digits of Chicago ZIP codes. The area code 606 is in Kentucky.

I got excited because I thought you might go into a riff on 808s. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=808&defid=719992.

Peter Hook of New Order formed a band after New Order broke up called The 808 State http://www.junctionsixteen.com/latest-artists/sunday/

And there are a lot of references to “The 808 thump” in infectious dance music http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/blackeyedpeas/boomboompow.html

Anyway. That’s the kind of knowledge I’m good for. Not the usable kind.

The little enclave labeled with a 3 is actually 213/323.

(Once upon a time, I lived in the 213; that part of the Southland is now 310, unless it's 424.)

Funny, on the tv show Veronica Mars, the douchey rich kids were called "09ers" because they came from the (fictional) ZIP code 90909.

You might find "905er" interesting too. About 20 years ago, Toronto area codes split into those belonging to Toronto proper (which kept the original 416 code) and its suburbs/exurbs/bedroom communities (905). "905" eventually became shorthand for car-loving suburbanites who were politically at odds with the people living in the inner city. When the transit-hostile Rob Ford became mayor a few years ago, there was a lot of talk in the news about the 905 contingent bringing him into power, and thanks to urban sprawl, the 416/905 battle is more heated than it ever was.

I'm not really sure how to Google this, but Wikipedia and Urbandictionary both have a bit to say about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_codes_905,_289_and_365#905_in_popular_culture
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=905

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