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How many fodorites does it take to change a lightbulb?

Aug 22nd, 2001, 03:42 PM
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So sorry Elizabeth, I've been on the forum for 2 years and had not seen this in a post.
Aug 22nd, 2001, 03:46 PM
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Gee Lizzy!
Obviously 40 other people thought it was fun.
Aug 22nd, 2001, 03:57 PM
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I would venture to guess that Elizabeth was making a joke...giving one of the usual responses to a question...
Aug 22nd, 2001, 06:26 PM
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Obviously a complex subject. I think I will create a how-to page on my Web site with illustration photos. Make sure to check in often to see when the page appears. I guess I had better start photographing bulbs this weekend.
Aug 23rd, 2001, 04:03 AM
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I read Elizabeth's comment as a joke too, continuing the theme of the posts above hers which anwswered the original question with typical forum replies...



Were you joining the fun or do you remember a thread like this from previously?
Aug 23rd, 2001, 05:21 AM
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Note to self: when making a joke use one of those smiley-emoticons things!

Art - sorry - it was *meant* to be funny!
Aug 23rd, 2001, 06:01 AM
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Art and All: it's an August Thursday in a federal budget office as we start the annual hair-pulling, back-biting, book-cooking, finger-pointing, excuse-making, fear-provoking exercise to close out our financial records. THANK YOU FOR THE LAUGHS!!! I surely needed them. What a creative bunch you are.
Aug 23rd, 2001, 06:14 AM
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Sheeesh -- I'm "off-board for a few days and look what trouble you get intoThis thread has provided a much needed laugh -- thanks I think my fave was the 22" rollon

My favorite "lightbulb" story isn't travel related, but is one I use in teaching. The sad thing is that students often don't get it even AFTER they've read Marx. It goes:

How many Marxists does it take to change a lightbulb.
Answer: None -- because the proletariat contains the seeds of its own revolution.
Aug 23rd, 2001, 08:56 AM
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Sally, LOL, but how would that go in the case of European lightbulbs that use a bayonet mount? Gets a bit Maoist, wouldn't you say?
Aug 23rd, 2001, 10:14 AM
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It depends. Do they have a toddler with them? Does the toddler know how to behave in a lightbulb changing environment? Or perhaps they have sulky teenagers in need of entertainment, or a mother-in-law who hates to change lightbulbs but insists on coming along anyway? It just depends.
Aug 23rd, 2001, 10:18 AM
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im sorry...i have just arrived here, and...Why are you talking about lightbulbs ? In my planet lightbulbs are exctinct for the past 2 million years ! some archeologists found frozen lightbulbs eggs in an escavation recently. How...youre planet is really strange !!
Aug 23rd, 2001, 10:52 AM
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Thanks, Sally; I love that one!
Aug 23rd, 2001, 05:57 PM
Too Funny
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By my calculation, it takes 158 Fodorites to change a lightbulb:

1 to assess that the lightbulb needs changing
1 to research guidebooks and internet sites, then post a message asking others for advice on most appropriate types of lightbulbs
57 to offer their humble opinions (including those gruff Fodies who chastise the poster for asking)
1 to ask which Home Depot bulb should be purchased from
23 to suggest potential locations and best driving routes
1 to inquire on appropriate clothing to wear for both purchase and installation of bulb
12 to offer requested fashion advice
1 to seek assistance on whether cash/ATM, credit card or travelers check would be most effective method of payment
17 to recommend solutions, including currency conversion tips
1 to follow Fodorite advice and take lightbulb action, then post experience (including journal and photos)
43 more to applaud the effort and exchange similar lightbulb changing stories

It's a collective effort
Aug 23rd, 2001, 06:14 PM
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Is the light bulb in a socket with 110 or 220 current? Is there an convertor handy? Do you have the correct adaptor plug to go with the outlet? Will the Northern Lights suffice if we can't change it? My goodness, you think changing light bulbs in Europe is this easy?
Aug 25th, 2001, 08:33 AM
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Jul 1st, 2002, 05:41 PM
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An old version with some interesting answers.
Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:09 PM
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I found it
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Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:20 PM
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I haven't seen this one, thanks Dayenu. It will be fun reading these.

It is my firm belief that a light bulb is like a criminal--it can only be changed if it wants to change.
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Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:22 PM
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That's a unique approach! Love it!!
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Nov 2nd, 2009, 03:23 PM
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Awwww. it was posted by ( the late & great ) Art ..
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