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dick greenhaus 28 Feb 02 - 02:38 PM
CarolC 28 Feb 02 - 02:47 PM
kendall 28 Feb 02 - 02:48 PM
Jeri 28 Feb 02 - 03:19 PM
McGrath of Harlow 28 Feb 02 - 03:21 PM
artbrooks 28 Feb 02 - 07:04 PM
GUEST 28 Feb 02 - 07:37 PM
Bobert 28 Feb 02 - 07:50 PM
michaelr 28 Feb 02 - 07:50 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 28 Feb 02 - 07:58 PM
Snuffy 28 Feb 02 - 08:14 PM
Jeri 28 Feb 02 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,Jim 25 Jul 07 - 02:25 PM
Jeri 25 Jul 07 - 02:39 PM
Megan L 25 Jul 07 - 02:49 PM
Noreen 25 Jul 07 - 06:33 PM
Cluin 25 Jul 07 - 06:39 PM
Dave Hanson 26 Jul 07 - 04:57 AM
GUEST,ibo 26 Jul 07 - 07:02 AM
John MacKenzie 26 Jul 07 - 08:28 AM
Megan L 26 Jul 07 - 08:29 AM
Dave Hanson 26 Jul 07 - 09:26 AM
JennyO 26 Jul 07 - 11:19 AM
GUEST,Big Mick 26 Jul 07 - 11:49 AM
JennyO 26 Jul 07 - 12:04 PM
Phil Cooper 27 Jul 07 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: Threads
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 02:38 PM

Q: How many listserve subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 1,331 : 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the 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 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 are all use light bulbs and therefore the posts **are** relevant to this 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 quote all posts to date, including all headers and footers, and then add "Me Too." 12 to post to the list that they are un subscribing 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 news group. 47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for, leave it here. 143 votes for alt.lite.bulb. And the adventure continues


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: CarolC
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 02:47 PM

Never mind then. I'll just sit here in the dark.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: kendall
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 02:48 PM

Slow day at the office Dick?


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 03:19 PM

Around here:
There's also 2 or 3 who would accuse the people who thought the light bulb changer of having ulterior motives.
2 to write to Max that they don't like the new light bulb
1 or 2 to write a song about it. For example:
"Oh the changing of the bulb
The flipping of the switch
The complaints from all the posters
Who piss and whine and ..."
or

Eek - from this page on Tam Lin. (This disucssion happened several years ago.)

Jeri wrote this as part of a discussion on rec.music.folk about how many folk singers it takes to change a lightbulb.

  1. Janet put her backpack on
    And all her goods arranged
    And she's gone to Carterhaugh
    The light bulbs for to change.

  2. She'd not changed a double bulb,
    a bulb but only two
    When up then spoke young Tam Lin
    says "Lady change no more"

  3. "And why change you the light bulbs
    without my acquiescence"
    "Those reg'lar bulbs use too much power
    I prefer fluoresescents".


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 03:21 PM

I take it this should be sung as Gregorian Chant. You left out the long Amen at the end.

Now if someone could put it into Latin maybe...


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 07:04 PM

Fiat lux??


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 07:37 PM

I wasn't aware that listserv had an e on the end of it.

No doubt I'm one of Dick's 1331

That's cool. Shame that Max refuses to allow me a membership here.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 07:50 PM

Ahhh, I thought this was purdy funny. Dick, until me and my cousin Rufus got in a fist fight after discussing the math. So you might as well kick that number up to 1,333 and counting... Yep, when Retha May finds out we've been fighting again, it'll be 1,334 and counting...


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: michaelr
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 07:50 PM

Jeri - and a GUEST or two to complain that the Mudcat insidi clique won't let anyone else change bulbs, and that Max should do something about it.

*BG*
Michael


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 07:58 PM

A lot of additions to the old politically incorrect joke.
How many (insert your pet hate person or race) does it take to change a lightbulb?
One to hold the lightbulb and 400 to spin the house around.
Jeri, thanks for the Tam Lin reference


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Snuffy
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 08:14 PM

How many folkies does it take to change a lightbulb? One to change the lightbulb and 12 to complain that it was much better before it went electric.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 08:43 PM

Here's the thread (from 1999) in rec.music.folk, courtesy of Google. Please note that the link takes you to a message somewhere in the middle of the thread.


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Subject: BS How Many...
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:25 PM

*How many internet newsgroup subscribers does it take to change a light
bulb?**1,331 !!*

- 1 to successfully change the light bulb and to post to the newsgroup
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.
- 6 to argue over whether it's *"lightbulb"* or *"light bulb"*.
- 6 to condemn those 6 as puerile.
- 156 to write to the newsgroup moderator complaining about the light
bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this newsgroup.
- 41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
- 109 to post that this newsgroup 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 newsgroup saying that we are all
use lightbulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this
newsgroup.
- 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 newsgroup which makes light bulbs relevant to this newsgroup.
- 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 newsgroup 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.
- 44 to ask *"What is a FAQ?"*
- 4 to say *"Isn't there always a FAQ on Usenet?"*
- 43 to ask *"What's a Usenet?"*
- 41 to propose a new newsgroup alt.change.lite.bulb.
- 47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for,
send it there.


Post moved to previous thread from Feb 2002. This looks the same as Dick's first post.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:39 PM

Warning - new post, old thread. There's another one in BS: Humor--lightbulbs & e-forums from Kath Westra in 05.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Megan L
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 02:49 PM

Michael you forgot you also need a couple of insidi clique to contact max complaining about the outsidi clique who have the audacity tae come in here and want tae change lightbulbs.

*ducks and heads under table pulling Ashoka in front of her.
BEWARE for any ootsidi inni who disny already ken Ashoka is a six foot silver grey siberian timber werewolf so dinny mess :p


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 06:33 PM

Q: How many listserve subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Multiples of 1331, obviously, as it all comes around again....


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 06:39 PM

Then there's all the countless lurkers who glance at the light, shake their heads over what a waste of time bothering with it is and move on, sans comment.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 04:57 AM

How many bluegrass pickers does it take to change a lightbulb ?

25, one to change the bulb and a couple of dozen to complain, that's not how Bill would have done it.

eric


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: GUEST,ibo
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 07:02 AM

how many surrealists does it take to fit a light bulb?





answer    FISH


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 08:28 AM

What about the poor professional light bulb changers being deprived of work by amateurs?
G


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Megan L
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 08:29 AM

And why are hammer chewers trying to change lightbulbs in the first?


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:26 AM

'ave you tried getting a pro bulb changer on a bank holiday monday at 3.35 am. ?

eric


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:19 AM

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real
question is:

"How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a
massage?"


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: GUEST,Big Mick
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:49 AM

Dogs have owners,



Cats have staff.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 12:04 PM

I know. I'm employed by two cats.


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Subject: RE: Threads
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 11:55 AM

I thought it took two surrealists to change a light bulb. One to feed the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with red colored hardware appliances.


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