How many forum users to change Light Bulb

May 20, 2005
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I can't take credit for this one as it was blantantly stolen from another forum.


One to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been


Fourteen to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the

light bulb could have been changed differently.

Seven to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

Seven more to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing

light bulbs.

Five to flame the spell checkers.

Three to correct spelling/grammar flames.

Six to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb"

Another six to condemn those six as stupid.

Fifteen to claim experience in the lighting industry and give the correct


Nineteen to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to please

take this discussion to a lightbulb (or light bulb) forum.

Eleven to defend the posting to the group saying that we all use light

bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this group.

Thirty-six 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.

Seven to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs.

Four to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly and then post the

corrected URL.

Three to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to

this group that makes light bulbs relevant to this group.

Thirteen to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including

all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"

Five to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot

handle the light bulb controversy.

Four to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

Thirteen to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions

about light bulbs."

Three to tell a funny story about their cat and a light bulb.


One group lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now with

something unrelated they found at and start it all over again!

.......Sound familiar? We know who we are! Don't we?.
Mar 14, 2005
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This reminds me of the story where one light bulb on the promenade at Blackpool was not lit. The local authority changed the bulb but it still would not light. They checked the fitting and the wiring again without success. In the meantime a party of Chinese were staying in the town and one enquired as to why the bulb was not working as it spoilt the illuminations. He was told that they had tried every thing without success to get the light to work.

He made the offer that if there was 100 people on the promenade at eight o'clock this evening he would get the light to work. In desperation the council organised a gathering of 100 people on the promenade and they were told that if they all raised their arms on the first stroke of the town clock at 8:00pm the light would work.

The clock struck 8:00pm and the crowd all raised their arms and sure enough the bulb lit. When questioned about this the reply was the old Chinese proverb "Many hands make light work".


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