A random funny text to a stranger got me to thinking… What would other random strangers reply if they got a random text from an unknown number. As you’ll remember from my past “Wrong Number” posts, all sorts of responses start coming through, and some of them are incredible…

188 wrong numbers. That’s how many texts I sent this time around, all with the same upbeat and positive message: “Hi! We don’t know each other. I am just a writer texting random numbers, wondering what secrets anonymous and random people will tell me! What’s your secret?”

To complete this task, I chose known prefixes for cell phones in my area, and I sent the message out to all 188 people (a labor of love which always takes a couple of days).

Most of those I sent it to either didn’t reply or simply told me I had the wrong number. This screen capture pretty much sums up those ones:

85% of replies:


Some replies were a little (or a lot) more incredible, hilarious, or powerful than that.

Here is another batch of them, which I thought were the perfect mix of responses.