In the last commercial break of Lost: Two For The Road, ABC ran an ad for the Hanso Foundation, complete with toll-free number: 1-877-HANSORG or 1-877-426-7674.
I finally got through after several failed tries and heard this menu from a polite and vaguely European woman.
Welcome to the Hanso Foundation. Reaching out for a better tommorow. If you know your party’s extension you may enter it now.
General Info – 1
Alvar Hanso – 2
Thomas Werner Middleburk (?) – 3
Hugh McIntyre – 4
Peter Thompson – 5
Thank you and Namaste.
I pressed 2 to “speak” with Alvar Hanso. I got some kind of radio ad, Progressive or Geico Auto Insurance, and then the same woman who was on the menu told me I was getting Alvar Hanso’s voicemail.
Once inside the voicemail I got some kind of rant from someone – a journalist or angry shareholder at a meeting – complaining about Alvar Hanso’s disappearance. The audio quality sucked and the message stopped abruptly.
After this I was dumped back into the main menu. This time when I pressed 1 for more information on the Hanso Foundation, it hung up.
I’ve tried back several times to no avail. I’m sleepy and Jenn is ready to go to bed so I’ll keep trying tomorrow.
Ultimately, I’d like to catalog all the options and the resulting audio behind them, maybe even podcast the whole thing.
Maybe this is all a part of that Lost game we’ve heard so much about. Who knows?
Again, potentially more Easter Eggs and alternate reality gaming from the Lost/ABC folks. Only time will tell.
In the meantime, I’d like to find a copy of the on-air Hanso Foundation ad on YouTube tomorrow, podcast the contents of the 877 number and take a deeper look at the new website.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates!
Also, I’d still really love to do a thorough deconstruction of the Hanso Foundation site, so if you know of any Easter Eggs, drop me a line or leave a comment.
UPDATE: The site has an RSS feed.
I’m still working on all the Easter Eggs. More posts to come.
UPDATE II: As promised, here’s a shitty capture of the Hanso Foundation commercial on YouTube.
UPDATE III: Read my latest Hanso Foundation Update.