Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tagruato Voicemail Message Update

Tagruato's voice mail message changed recently:

Thank you for calling Tagruato. Due to high call volumes, your call has been transferred to an automated answering service. If you have questions concerning our ParafFun recall, please leave a message, and one of our associates will find and support you as soon as possible.

ParafFun Wax Distributors are a subsidiary of Tagruato. This is from the ParafFun page on Tagruato's website*:
One of the many byproducts of our Petroleum reservoir is paraffin wax, an alkane with dozens of handy uses in your day to day life! Edible, malleable, colorable, and a fine electrical insulator. ParafFun! Wax Distributors meets all your wax needs.
Why would Tagruato be recalling ParafFun? Does this have anything to do with the hack on Tagruatro's website?

BTW, it's not clear how long the new message has been available, but it was found yesterday by nauttebayo at UnFiction.

Using Skype, I called the number and recorded the new message:
You can find the original Tagruato voice mail message here, which basically said there were no updates at that time.

* The Tagruato website has been hacked and is currently down, but I have a mirror of the old site here.


  1. The viral campaign for the new Batman movie has been adding new websites such as the Gotham Times, the Gotham City Bank, The Gotham City Police Dept. etc. I have a feeling this is the way these campaigns are going to start working for all films with them. So what I'M hoping for, is an update of the Tagruato subsidiary websites... Maybe we'll finally get a ParaFun site and the others soon, too. Just a thought.

  2. It's HIGHLY unlikely that we will see official sites for ParafFun, Bold Futura, or Yoshida Medical Research. If they were planning on creating sites for these companies, they would have registered the domain names BEFORE the Tagruato site opened.

    None of these companies had websites that were registered before Tagruato was found, but there are a few that were created after. For example, a few gamejackers have created fake Bold Fututra sites.

    IMO, It looks like the only subsidiary will matter (to the ARG) will be Slusho!

  3. that's true. i remember the domain name debacle from a month or so ago. fun debate.

  4. its kinda sad..The Dark Knight's viral sites are hinting WAY more than this damn movie.

  5. Nothing out of the ordinary, in terms of its uses. Wax, as a byproduct of the petroelum distillation process is used for all those things, and is in everything from candy-bars and makeup, to advanced polymers. However it IS unusual that it would be recalled, unless something else is in it, like SEABED NECTAR!!! Damn I am afraid of slurpees now.

  6. "please leave a message, and one of our associates will find and support you as soon as possible" is awfully close to "We Are Coming, We'll Find You Soon" on the page. Are we sure the translation is contest & not recall or something similar?

  7. And don't forget the Seabed Nectar in all those edible wax lips and fangs for Halloween!

    I never ate those things. :-p

  8. dormgod said... Are we sure the translation is contest & not recall or something similar?

    Yes. The button translates to "competition", but the underlying link shows contest.swf. I think they wrote "competition", because there is not a direct Japanese translation for "contest" (at least not in Google translator).

    Check here for contest link:

  9. isn't anyone curious as to why the movies called "Cloverfield"? and as another question why was it called this before we had a set name anyway?

  10. zurcher said...

    isn't anyone curious as to why the movies called "Cloverfield"? and as another question why was it called this before we had a set name anyway?

    I think this is explained by the lyric to the Wolfmother song playing during the first roar in trailer #1."Joker and the Thief" is the song title and features the line-"And she's standing in a FIELD of CLOVER" The artwork for their self-entitled release is here-

  11. Just a comment:
    Why just considering 1 monster?


  12. Many monsters have been considered, mscoder.

    The primary mindset is, however, one giant monster and many smaller ones, though I'm aiming for parasites or some sort of virus.

  13. Oh, and the phrase, "It's alive! It's huge" as well as the continual referrals to 'it,' being singular rather than plural.

  14. In regards to the cloverfield naming.

    The song playing during the trailor is "Woman", not "Joker and the Thief" but they both are by wolfmother (and both are good songs).

  15. Okay, here are two guesses I just came up with regarding the name.

    1) I finally just went and looked up the Wikipedia entry on "clover." This phrase caught my eye: "Beekeepers benefit from the clover bloom as clover is one of the main nectar sources for honeybees." NECTAR? As in "sea nectar?"

    2) Alternate theory: Note how the trailer opens with the phrase about "the site formerly known as Central Park?" Maybe part of New York City is flattened in the movie, and becomes a memorial to the victims (ala Ground Zero) called Cloverfield.

  16. That does make some sort of sense, Pinkhamster.

    I mean, if you're looking at the movie from a post-tragedy view, it's a lot like how people have been making movies about 9/11, the tsunami, ect. Many of these films use footage from handheld cameras.

    If "Cloverfield" is the equivalent to "Ground Zero" as a post-tragedy name given to Central Park and the surrounding areas, that would make sense.

    But I'm still leaning towards "cloverfield" being the source of the "seabed nectar".

  17. The name I think comes from the begining of the trailer obviously. It's given this name because it's a top secret case and they nickname it cloverfield. Maybe because the deepsee nectar looks like a field of clovers.
    The phrase "It's alive" keeps being said because In the ARG the monster will attack the drilling station that wakes it up. It will be on the news and beleive to have been killed. When it attacks people realize it's the same monster when they see it and tell everyone it's alive not dead.
    The girl blows up in the trailer because she has slusho in her system. The secret ingridiant has a chemical or viral reaction to an encounter with the monster.
    These are only my thoughts I'm not saying they are true.

  18. so really the only reason it was called cloverfield is because of a song?

  19. Does anyone say "cloverfield" in either of the trailers?

    Is it CLOVERfield, cloverfield or cloverFIELD?

    I'm just wayyy interested in seeing the video of the 84 year old woman with 12 slusho drinks in her system...

  20. come to think of it, the "secret ingredient" on the slusho website when you mix the flavors DOES sorta look like a clover...

  21. Hmm... it looked more like a lotus blossom than a clover to me.