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Fuzzy Math

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:34 pm

A recent George W. Bush campaign email linked me to this page:
72hr Volunteer Application

I know my liberal friends will laugh at the militant language of the page, but that’s not what I found funny, er, funniest. This is (emphasis mine):

A 72 Hour Task Force Volunteer is someone willing to commit at least 5 to 7 (or even more) days of his or her time to the 72 Hour Task Force Volunteer Program.

I went to public schools. I barely passed any math class I’ve ever taken. So help me out here. There is something fuzzy about that math, right?

2 Responses to “Fuzzy Math”

  1. Hmmm. I wonder if the “72 Hour” thing means that you should be ready to join up with a 72 hour notice. Sort of like the old “minuteman” concept. I don’t know.

    As one of your most lefty friends, I found the language of this thing inoffensive.

  2. adjaime says:

    Hmmm…not sure. Could be. Or maybe they are just trying to make up important sounding titles to make the underlings feel involved and hoped no one would notice that 5 to 7 days is 120 to 168 hours not 72.

    Oh yeah, and what I meant by militant language – it had an indoctrinating sort of tone to it; quite like military training. I didn’t find it offensive either. It just stuck me as funny that people are enchanted, and sometimes spurred to action, by such wording.

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