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From Mark Lowe <>
Subject Re: [FRIDAY] humour
Date Fri, 02 Apr 2004 17:17:34 GMT
Does anyone know how I can do carbon dating using struts.. ?

I'm using tc4.1, struts 1.1 and postgres.

Thankyou very much for any help..

On 2 Apr 2004, at 19:11, Hookom, Jacob wrote:

> LOL...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Lowe []
> Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 11:07 AM
> To: Struts Users Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [FRIDAY] humour
> Thats right have a laugh, but they'll see I'm right..
> On 2 Apr 2004, at 18:58, Adam Hardy wrote:
>> Since it's Friday and I felt in need of a little light relief, I
>> looked through my collection of old humour-spam and found this, which
>> is so good I thought you listers would appreciate me sharing it here.
>> The story behind the letter below is that there is this nutball who
>> digs things out of his back yard and sends the stuff he finds to the
>> Smithsonian Institute, labelling them with scientific names,
>> insisting that they are actual archaeological finds. This guy really
>> exists and does this in his spare time!  This is the actual response
>> from the Smithsonian Institution. It is a masterful piece of
>> diplomacy. Bear this in mind next time you are trying to let someone
>> down gently.
>> Smithsonian Institute
>> 207 Pennsylvania Avenue
>> Washington, DC 20078
>> Dear Sir:
>> Thank you for your latest submission to the Institute, labelled
>> "93211-D, layer seven, next to the clothesline post...Hominid
>> skull." We have given this specimen a careful and detailed
>> examination, and regret to inform you that we disagree with your
>> theory that it represents conclusive proof of the presence of Early
>> Man in Charleston County two million years ago.
>> Rather, it appears that what you have found is the head of a Barbie
>> doll, of the variety one of our staff, who has small children,
>> believes to be "Malibu Barbie." It is evident that you have given a
>> great deal of thought to the analysis of this specimen, and you may
>> be quite certain that those of us who are familiar with your prior
>> work in the field were loathe to come to contradiction with your
>> findings. However, we do feel that there are a number of physical
>> attributes of the specimen which might have tipped you off to its
>> modern origin:
>> 1. The material is moulded plastic.  Ancient hominid remains are
>> typically fossilised bone. 2. The cranial capacity of the specimen
>> is approximately 9 cubic centimetres, well below the threshold of
>> even the earliest identified proto-homonids. 3. The dentition
>> pattern evident on the skull is more consistent with the common
>> domesticated dog than it is with the ravenous man-eating Pliocene
>> Clams you speculate roamed the wetlands during that time. This
>> latter finding is certainly one of the most intriguing hypotheses
>> you have submitted in your history with this institution, but the
>> evidence seems to weigh rather heavily against it. Without going
>> into too much detail, let us say that:
>> A. The specimen looks like the head of a Barbie doll that a dog has
>> chewed on. B. Clams don't have teeth.
>> It is with feelings tinged with melancholy that we must deny your
>> request to have the specimen carbon dated. This is partially due to
>> the heavy load our lab must bear in its normal operation, and partly
>> due to carbon dating's notorious inaccuracy in fossils of recent
>> geologic record. To the best of our knowledge, no Barbie dolls were
>> produced prior to 1956 AD, and carbon dating is likely to produce
>> wildly inaccurate results.
>> Sadly, we must also deny your request that we approach the National
>> Science Foundation Phylogeny Department with the concept of
>> assigning your specimen the scientific name Australopithecus
>> spiff-arino. Speaking personally, I, for one, fought tenaciously for
>> the acceptance of your proposed taxonomy, but was ultimately voted
>> down  because the species name you selected was hyphenated, and
>> didn't  really sound like it might be Latin. However, we gladly
>> accept your generous donation of this fascinating specimen to the
>> museum. While it is undoubtedly not a Hominid fossil, it is,
>> nonetheless, yet another riveting example of the great body of work
>> you seem to accumulate here so effortlessly.  You should know that
>> our Director has reserved a special shelf in his own office for the
>> display of the specimens you have previously submitted to the
>> Institution, and the entire staff speculates daily on what you will
>> happen upon next in your digs at the site you have discovered in
>> your back yard.
>> We eagerly anticipate your trip to our nation's capital that you
>> proposed in your last letter, and several of us are pressing the
>> Director to pay for it. We are particularly interested in hearing
>> you expand on your theories surrounding the trans-positating
>> fillifitation of ferrous ions in a structural matrix that makes the
>> excellent juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex femur you recently discovered
>> take on the deceptive appearance of a rusty 9-mm Sears Craftsman
>> automotive crescent wrench.
>> Yours in Science,
>> Harvey Rowe
>> Curator, Antiquities
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