a better toilet

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Aug 15 07:33:30 UTC 2012

Although the one million is an approximation and surely a somewhat arbitrary number, is it really any different from trying to break a record of 50 like the following:

My attempt to become the world's fastest eraser user flopped as I failed to completely use up more than 50 erasers in a 36-hour period.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Aug 15, 2012, at 12:20 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> Well, that was precisely my point--with another verb, this would not
> have been a problem. But if it failed to reach 1 million, it certainly
> would have failed to reach more than 1 million as well. So what is the
> purpose of "more than"? And if it had more than 1 million subscribers
> than it did not fail to reach that threshold. It's a catch-22 phrasing.
>     VS-)
> On 8/15/2012 2:18 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> One million is probably a benchmark of some sort, perhaps a psychological one. In any case, I read this on the level of copy like "Save up to 40% or even more."
>> Benjamin Barrett
>> Seattle, WA
>> On Aug 14, 2012, at 11:14 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>> ...
>>>> The product, which may have been ahead of its time, was ultimately a
>>>> flop, failing to attract more than 1 million subscribers

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