Edison’s medicine

13Sep04

Q. How many Peter Lynns does it take to put in a light bulb?
A. Just the one, but if it’s going into my frustratingly engineered desk lamp, the process will take at least a half hour.

However, this process, though requiring the same kind of delicate force and intense concentration needed to wiggle a new motherboard into place without snapping it into dozens of hand-shredding splinters, gave me enough time to recall my two favorite jokes about editors installing light bulbs. It’s usually a lame joke genre, but I like these two anyway:

Q. How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Is “light bulb” one word or two?

Q. How many editors of Poor Richard’s Almanac does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Many hands make light work.



3 Responses to “Edison’s medicine”

  1. 1 carolineg

    Thought you might be interested in taking a listen to this…http://www.renegadetalkradio.comIt's an internet-only, highly entertaining talk radio network with no FCC regulation. I’d love for you to take a listen and let me know what you think…

  2. 2 Mad_Molecule

    So in the case of the Poor Richard’s editors, the answer would be “half of many”?

  3. 3 Peter Lynn

    I’m not sure I get that one. I feel compelled to add that too many cooks spoil the broth, however.


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