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# of mail-list subscribers it takes to change a light bulb.

Apr 16, 1997 08:55 AM
by John E Mead

hi -

thought some may enjoy this.

>Q:  How many internet mail list subscribers does it take
>    to change a light bulb?
>A:  1,331:
>        1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail
>          list that the light bulb has been changed
>       14 to share similar experiences of changing light
>          bulbs and how the light bulb could have been
>          changed differently.
>        7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
>       27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about
>          changing light bulbs.
>       53 to flame the spell checkers
>      156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
>          the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness
>          to this mail list.
>       41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
>      109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and
>          to please take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
>      203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar,
>          alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing
>          light bulbs be stopped.
>      111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we
>          all use light bulbs and therefore the posts
>          **are** relevant to this mail list.
>      306 to debate which method of changing light
>          bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs,
>          what brand of light bulbs work best for this
>          technique, and what brands are faulty.
>       27 to post URLs where one can see examples of
>          different light bulbs
>       14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and
>          to post corrected URLs.
>        3 to post about links they found from the URLs that
>          are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs
>          relevant to this list.
>       33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote
>          them including all headers and footers, and then
>          add "Me Too."
>       12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing
>          because they cannot handle the light bulb
>          controversey.
>       19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."
>        4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.
>        1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.
>       47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion
>          was meant for, leave it here.
>      143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.

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