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We asked several people what they do when they are on a conference call. Most of them answered: "The bathroom." Yes, according to a survey conducted by InterCall, 47 percent of 500 people admitted to taking a conference call from the bathroom.

"The weirdest place I ever took a conference call was hanging off a cliff in upstate New York," said Brickhouse Security CEO Todd Morris, who once skipped a Friday of work to go rock climbing. Mid-ascent, his phone rang. He looked at it, saw an international number, and knew he'd find a group of clients from Israel on the line.

"Call lasted about 20 minutes, which was really frustrating to person belaying me from about 50 feet below," he said.

Cell phones now allow us to take business calls from anywhere at any time. But where you join a conference call may not influence how much the group accomplishes as much as what you do while on the line.

In its study, InterCall -- the largest conference-calling platform provider in the world -- found 55 percent of those surveyed admitted to eating or making food while on a conference call, 44 percent texted, and 25 percent of those surveyed said they'd played video games.

"I'm pretty good about hitting mute so they can't hear the ticking of darts hitting the board," Morris said.

When a caller drones or the subject matter bores him, Morris plays darts.

The longer offices wait to upgrade to group video calling, the more darts Morris will throw and the odder locations the rest of us will choose to hone our most effective weapons against boredom.

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