My father-in-law and mother-in-law have identical phone numbers except that one ends in 4 and the other in 5. This was not a coincidence. If this person did indeed punch in the numbers wrong (and they don’t seem highly confident that they did, looking through the comments), the odds of their being two almost-identical numbers with two politically active unrelated strangers who both obsess over pandas and name their accounts the same way and then exited Reddit at the same time are so astronomical I’m beginning to worry about the integrity of your arm socket with all that reach you’re using.

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