Orchestralist: Light Bulb

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

A: 1,343 . . .

  • 1 to change the light bulb and to post 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
  • 41 to correct spelling/grammar flames
  • 6 to argue whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb"
  • another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive
  • 156 to write to the list administrator about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list
  • 109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to litebulb-l
  • 203 to demand that cross posting to grammar-l, spelling-l and illuminati-l 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 the post the 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
  • 4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ
  • 44 to ask what is a "FAQ"
  • 4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago on Usenet?"
  • 143 to ask "what's Usenet?"
  • 33 to link all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers and then add "Me too"
  • 12 to post that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
  • 19 to quote all the "Me too"s to say "I agree"

courtesy of
Michael T. Griffith

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