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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Changing Lightbulbs

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Image taken from Wikipedia, hosting by PhotobucketEveryone's probably heard at least one version of the silly lightbulb joke, right? For example,

Q: How many Germans does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: As many as possible. Reason? Many Hans make light work.

Well, here's a variation of the joke:

Q: How long does it take for a Malaysian to change a lightbulb?
(the answer, and more, in the full post)

A: Indefinitely. Why?

Well, two to three weeks to appoint a select panel of former electricians and contractors to determine the authenticity of the original lightbulb. The panel then takes about a month to investigate, interviewing everyone they can think of, except for the lightbulb manufacturer. Another couple of weeks to write the report. Then, another committee of housing community elders to study the report, after which another report will be written, based on the original report, which will then be vetted, by committee, before submission to the house owner. The recommendation eventually will include interesting information like thread size of the lightbulb, wattage, a list of suitable manufacturers that make the lightbulb, plus a catalog of other lightbulb types they manufacture. Oh, and a very strong recommendation to change the lightbulb.

Meanwhile, the houseowner, after months of waiting in the dark, gets fed up, goes out and buys a flashlight.

And if you thought that was cumbersome, here's another mind-bender: How much effort does it take to convince the government to appoint a Royal Commission (via Malaysiakini), when that's exactly what everone was asking for in the first place?

Answer: Fish.