[Ads-l] Joke: "How Many People Work Here?" "About Half of Them"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 28 08:19:24 EDT 2020


Interesting point, Dan. The link you provided suggests that "Fliegende
Blätter" published 52 issues in 1907. From issue 3206 to issue 3257 is
52 issues.
https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/fb

126.1907 (Nr. 3206-3231)
127.1907 (Nr. 3232-3257)

3257 - 3206 + 1 = 52

Garson

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> What we don't know yet is which two weeks they took off. (They published 50
> issues a year.) It is possible there was no issue New Year's week.
>
> I have no idea how to figure that out.
>
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 10:03 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> > > The best I can do with the date is to say that issue 3213 was published
> > for
> > > the 8th week of 1907.
> > >
> > > https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/fb
> >
> > That makes sense, Dan.
> > January 1, 1907 was a Tuesday. Presumably  "Fliegende Blätter" was
> > published on the same day each week, but I do not know which day.
> > For simplicity, assume publication day was Tuesday. The first eight
> > weeks would look like this:
> >
> > Issue 3206 Jan 01 to Jan 07 in 1907
> > Issue 3207 Jan 08 to Jan 14 in 1907
> > Issue 3208 Jan 15 to Jan 21 in 1907
> > Issue 3209 Jan 22 to Jan 28 in 1907
> > Issue 3210 Jan 29 to Feb 04 in 1907
> > Issue 3211 Feb 05 to Feb 11 in 1907
> > Issue 3212 Feb 12 to Feb 18 in 1907
> > Issue 3213 Feb 19 to Feb 25 in 1907
> >
> > Garson
> >
> > > On Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 7:55 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <
> > adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Joe Stynes sent me a great tweet with a link to the page in "Fliegende
> > > > Blätter" containing the joke. But there is no date. Can someone figure
> > > > out the date? The quotation is on page 92  and the issue cover seems
> > > > to occur on page 85.
> > > >
> > > > https://twitter.com/joestynes/status/1299102638953426947?s=20
> > > >
> > > > [Begin excerpt]
> > > > FB v.126 no.3213 p.92 «Mißverstanden»
> > > > „Wieviel Leute sind denn bei Euch im Bureau tätig?"
> > > > „Tätig? Na — zwei Drittel!"
> > > > https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/fb126/0098/image
> > > > [End excerpt]
> > > >
> > > > Garson
> >
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