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Art Aug 21st, 2001 08:56 AM

How many fodorites does it take to change a lightbulb?
I have no idea, but I thought that some of you most intelligent people out there might be able to come up with something. <BR>Cheers, <BR> <BR>

Book Chick Aug 21st, 2001 09:05 AM

Okay, Art.... <BR> <BR>It takes 3. <BR> <BR>One to do the research, consult the guidebook & look at the map <BR> <BR>one to actually change the lightbulb <BR> <BR>one to observe the aesthetic shift of light& shadow, make metaphors to the light of the Eiffel Tower or the Duomo, & write up the trip report! <BR>BC

Joan Aug 21st, 2001 09:14 AM

Change? Change? Why would you want to change!?!

elvira Aug 21st, 2001 09:15 AM

**three** <BR> <BR>one to determine the light bulb needs changing <BR>one to assess the wattage, where to buy the bulb at the best price, unscrew the burnt-out bulb, screw in the new one, test to see if it works. <BR>one to buy the crispy pink running suits for all three

grasshopper Aug 21st, 2001 09:16 AM

Just one.. they hold the bulb and the world revolves around them.

Vinnie Jones Aug 21st, 2001 09:22 AM

How many Manchester United supporters does it take to change a light bulb ? <BR> <BR>Three - one to change the light bulb, <BR>one to throw away another 40 - 50 pounds on the Replica Lightbulb Changing Strip & commemorative video and another to drive them all back to Torquay ! <BR> <BR>How many Lead Guitarists does it take to change a light bulb ? <BR> <BR>Seven, one to change the light bulb & another six to say how much better & faster they could have done it !

SalvadorDali Aug 21st, 2001 09:24 AM

How many Surrealists does it take to change a light bulb ? <BR> <BR>Fish.

ohoh Aug 21st, 2001 09:26 AM wonder we're all fumbling along in the dark...

Proggy Aug 21st, 2001 09:28 AM

How many Computer Programmers does it take to change a ligh bulb ? <BR> <BR>They won't touch it - it's a hardware problem !!!!!

xx Aug 21st, 2001 09:29 AM

How many divorced maen does it take to change a lightbulb? <BR> <BR>Nobody knows because they never get the house!!!

Mariarosa Aug 21st, 2001 09:43 AM

All of them...if the lightbulb is in Europe!

Capo Aug 21st, 2001 09:57 AM

Don't know the precise number, but it's a lot: 1 to do the actual changing and the rest to argue about whether or not the person doing the changing should be wearing sneakers and a baseball cap. <BR> <BR>

laughineurope Aug 21st, 2001 09:58 AM

and how many russians ???? <BR>40. 1 to hold the lightbuld and 39 to spin the house

Topper Aug 21st, 2001 10:30 AM

Usually it just takes me...oops, that's "how many does it take to top a post?"! <BR>Sorry!

John Aug 21st, 2001 10:36 AM

How many Fodorites? I make it between 19 and 27: <BR>One to assess if itís really broken or if the powerís just off because the landlady has turned the immersion heater on again so that the American lady in Room Seven can have her second hot bath of the day; <BR>One to ask about a voltage adaptor; <BR>One to ask if an American light bulb will fit in a European socket (not without forcing it Ė a poor idea); <BR>One to see if Rick Steves has any advice on where to buy light bulbs (lampadine del rimontaggio) in the Cinque Terre; <BR>One to check on a VAT refund for the bulb; <BR>Five to post questions on the Europe forum asking if itís Rexís fault the damn thing burnt out in the first place; <BR>One to go on and on about how much more interesting and better frosted European light bulbs are than American ones; <BR>One to give a concise history of light; <BR>Two to check out light bulb reviews in Zagatís; <BR>One to decide if the bulb should be bought at Printemps, KaDeWe, or Harrods; <BR>One to go and buy the damn thing; <BR>One to screw it in the socket; <BR>If in Northern Europe, 2 to act as administrators; <BR>If in Southern Europe, 4 to act as critics; <BR>If in the US, 7 to perform the environmental impact analysis and 3 to call Rush Limbaugh to complain about liberal light bulb-loving weenies who should learn to see by using a thousand points of light. <BR>

laughineurope Aug 21st, 2001 10:39 AM

enviromental impact !!! thatīs the best

BOB THE NAVIGATOR Aug 21st, 2001 10:54 AM

GREAT STUFF JOHN ! <BR> <BR>I seldom have power in my hotel rooms in Europe. My wife has already blown out the power with her curling iron.

Rex Aug 21st, 2001 10:59 AM

I might not know the answer, but I fell certain I can find a URL that others ought to consult for the answer. <BR> <BR>Best wishes, <BR> <BR>Rex <BR> <BR>

Deborah Aug 21st, 2001 11:03 AM

Good one Rex!!!

elaine Aug 21st, 2001 11:06 AM

1. I don't know, but the answer is in my lightbulb file which I'd be happy to send if you email me. <BR> <BR>2. Is the lightbulb over the dirty bathtub, or the bidet? <BR> <BR>3. It depends on whether or not you are wearing comfortable shoes. <BR>

polishgal Aug 21st, 2001 11:43 AM

Tee-hee! I saw this on "the Daily Show" with Jon Stewart (best show on TV IMHO) a few weeks ago during Bush's trip to Poland: <BR> <BR>"President Bush failed in his bid to change a lightbulb, even with the assistance of four local men..."

heehee Aug 21st, 2001 12:05 PM

<BR>grasshopper's answer is the best so far.

Capo Aug 21st, 2001 12:28 PM

I agree; I loved grasshopper's answer! Very funny.

being Aug 21st, 2001 12:40 PM

There are so many potential answers. Here are a couple: <BR>#. At least two. One to do the deed, and the other to call him/her a tourist and criticize him/her for spending so little time on that socket. <BR>#. Just one, but she wants you to listen to her ordeal when she is finished, and becomes upset or says you are jealous if you bend don't appear interested or ask her questions. <BR>#.

Wombat Aug 21st, 2001 12:41 PM

<BR>How many Fodorites does it take to change a lightbulb? <BR> <BR>Three. <BR>One to hold the lightbulb, and two to steady the 22" carry-on with wheels underneath him/her. <BR>

more Aug 21st, 2001 01:02 PM

None: They are too busy debating what to wear, to actually change the lightbulb.

bad Aug 21st, 2001 01:46 PM

Of course, they will only install black lights.

another Aug 21st, 2001 01:51 PM

Fodorites are well equipped, because they pack (a) light. (I know, I know, I'm pushing it.)

erica Aug 22nd, 2001 04:23 AM


Kavey Aug 22nd, 2001 04:26 AM

Are we sure that the bulb _should_ be changed. <BR> <BR>After all we dont want to impose our cultural opinions upon the locals... <BR> <BR>Maybe they prefer the bulb to be broken <BR> <BR>;) <BR>

elizabeth Aug 22nd, 2001 04:42 AM

Art - this subject has been done to death on this forum - perhaps you could do a 'search'?

havingfun Aug 22nd, 2001 06:13 AM

Who's your favorite Fodorite light bulb changer?

Betsy Aug 22nd, 2001 06:26 AM

Anyone know if that lightbulb is on the train between Rome and the Amalfi coast?

martha python Aug 22nd, 2001 06:36 AM

Well, if you're staying in a Roman Homes property, none. Don't change the bulb, because Dr. Abate will scream at you that there was nothing wrong with the old bulb. <BR>Otherwise, one, provided the Fodorite uses a washcloth as insulation against the heat of the old bulb.

Santa Chiara Aug 22nd, 2001 07:05 AM

Well, I bet the lightbulb doesn't need changing, it needs replacing because the gypsies got it. Or those people in Madrid. You should always keep your lightbulb in a safe place, tucked away from pickpockety fingers.

Capo Aug 22nd, 2001 07:38 AM

Is changing a light bulb worth it?

Tony Aug 22nd, 2001 07:41 AM

How many North Carolinians? <BR> <BR>Actually only 1 but you need another one to go out for the BBQ and beer.

Linda Aug 22nd, 2001 01:08 PM

Tony, actually you need 4. One for the lightbulb; one to get the beer and one for the BBQ; a fourth to make sure they bring it back!

mike Aug 22nd, 2001 02:48 PM

But what to wear? I'll be on a ladder? Are shorts OK? Black? Please help.

Linda Aug 22nd, 2001 03:24 PM

Mike, this may be the ONE time that you can wear shorts and not embarass your home nation. Of course, you can't wear them if you are overweight or if they are bright pink. Just make sure you keep your voice at a low level and that the shorts are not too tight and I'll let you change that light bulb for me. (I always did like to make things as easy on myself as possible. :) )

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