"20 Years ago...If you told me...Kids would be RUNNING around with their...iPods and Androids....I plumb wouldn't have believed it..."
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So, the other day I heard a story and I wanted to share it with everyone, not knowing if it is true or not. Now this will be pretty difficult for me to explain since it was told to me in Turkish, but I'll try my best.
The telephone was invented by, as we all know, Alexander Graham Bell of the United States of America. In English people answer the phone by saying "Hello", but in many other languages (including Turkish, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Romanian, etc.), it is "Alo".
This phrase we use many times everyday is actually the abbreviations of Alexander Graham Bell's secret lover, Alessandra Lolita Oswaldo.
The story goes saying that the first phone he made was set up in her house. Since no one else had a phone, every time his phone rang, it would be none other than, Alessandra, so, Mr. Bell always answered the phone saying "Alessandra Lolita Oswaldo!" As time went on, Mr. Bell shortened her name and started calling her "Ale Lolos". And as you can guess by now, eventually, he shortened it to "Alo".
Alessandra eventually became sick and tired of Mr. Bell because he would always be busy with his inventions and eventually left him alone to his phone. By this time, Mr. Bell's new invention had already begun to spread around the world. As poor ol' Mr. Bell grew old, he sat next to his phone waiting, thinking Alessandra might call him. Because now many people had a phone, many people would call Mr. Bell, but he would always pick up the phone saying "ALO!?", hence the origin of how we answer the phone today. I don't know if its true, but it sounds pretty cool. Plus, we always say "hello" or "alo" as if we are asking a question, like. . . Hello? (Alo?) So, it might be true, you tell me.