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Phone Alarm
Title text: Who's calling me?? WHY IS THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD CALLING ME!?


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If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

The flowchart seems to show a problem Randall has with using alarms built into phones. Notably, that the sound is similar to a normal ring tone (probably related to 479: Tones), making it sound like someone is calling him, and not waking him up. This translates to him answering the phone in the dream, talking, and eventually hanging up. Of course this doesn't stop the phone from ringing, and he ends up answering the phone again. The looping arrow around the "beep beep" box could refer to this - the phone continues ringing while pretending to answer it - or that the phone keeps ringing until he pretends to answer it. The title text enforces the fact that he can't tell between his ringtone or his alarm. In doing so believes that a prank caller is harassing him which infuriates him.


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A flowchart:

[alarm goes off]

→ [beep beep beep beep!]
↺ back to [beep beep beep beep!]
→ ["???"]
→ [answer phone in dream] → [talk] → [hang up]
→ back to [beep beep beep beep!]

"My problem with phone alarms"

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