Hmmm - sounds familiar? (fwd)

C. Dale (
Fri, 1 Jan 1999 16:15:13 -0600 (CST)

Happy new year!
hanging over,

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Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 05:57:52 -0500 (EST)
From: Cynthia Dale <>
Subject: Hmmm - sounds familiar? (fwd)


This was shared with me by a friend - and I thought that it might amuse
this list on a quiet New Year's Day, it also tastes somewhat of the
memo list from time to time!

Robert Hart
Red Hat Software Inc (California Office)


Q: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a
light bulb?
A: 1,393:

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,
4 to complain that they were happy with the old one,
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs,
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light
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
12 to flame the AOL users for violating netiqeutte and blame them for
starting this whole thing,
3 to post about links they found from the URLs that `are relevant to
this list, which makes light bulbs relevant to this list,'
45 posts about whether or not AOL should even be allowed to exist, 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 controversy,
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.