Stupid Number Sequence

What is the next number in this sequence?

22272
24742
25862766
2674

This riddle is on a journey through the internet and left traces in many forums in several languages, but it seems like it has not found its answer so far. Maybe it's now time for the experts to finally provide a reasonable solution or to support my impression that it is total nonsense.
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x4uAsked:
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jitendra_wadhwaniCommented:
convert the letters to numbers using U.S. phone,

2= ABC
3=DEF
4=GHI
5=JKL
6=MNO
7=pQRS
8=TUV
9=WXYZ



it's phone numbers of the neopets in alphabetical order

22272 = acara
24742 = aisha
25862766 = blumaroo
2674 = bori

bruce = 27823
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InteractiveMindCommented:
Is there anyway for us to know if our answer is correct?

I could say:

2786

and give _some_ sort of justification... but that's almost certainly not the answer.


<Perhaps I'm just being a pedant..?>
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jitendra_wadhwaniCommented:
it's phone numbers of the neopets in alphabetical order

22272 = acara
24742 = aisha
25862766 = blumaroo
2674 = bori

bruce = 27823
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Infinity08Commented:
I was looking in that direction too, jitendra_wadhwani, but I didn't find any of those names to be meaningfull words ... so I discarded that idea ... lol ... guess I shouldn't have :)

Nice find !!!
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Aramis11Commented:
Only got that the next number would start with the digits 27; that answer is much better.
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Galisteo8Commented:
42
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Rob_JeffreyIT/ProgrammingCommented:
So jitendra_wadhwani  gave the correct answer.  Right?  The next number is bruce = 27823 - unless there is another creature name alphabetically before Bruce.
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alainbrydenCommented:
unbelievable. Don't tell me you came up with that on your own.
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jitendra_wadhwaniCommented:
Hint from Mobile keypad....
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
What's a neopet?
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Rob_JeffreyIT/ProgrammingCommented:
Nubian.  Whats a Nubian. (circa Clerks)
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Nick DennyCommented:
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x4uAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the late Accept and thanks a lot jitendra_wadhwani for that solution.
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