I got an email—a press release—from a guy named Dan Forman from the WWF asking me to get the word out about “earth hour.” Up till now, I had no idea pro wrestlers (from the World Wrestling Federation) could care so much about the environment.
Anyway, true to wrestle mania form, Dan is a bit prone to exaggeration. Dan sent me this note about some video (ellipsis in original):
If you havenâ€™t watched the video already I encourage you to. Itâ€™s very fast paced and still pumps me up every time I watch it, and Iâ€™ve seen it over 300 timesâ€¦today.
Thanks for your consideration.
Now, I watched the video and I can’t recommend it. It’s a montage of a bunch of people turning off various light switches, set to the dulcet sounds of some bad pop song. Dan, though, as you can see, is pretty enthusiastic about it. I replied to his note:
Say, Dan, that’s an awful large number of times to watch a video in one day. Are you sure it was really “over 300 times”?
Dan shot right back with:
What can I say, I’m addicted to the movie. I know I have a problem and am seeking help. It will be a long, tough road but I will make it. Hopefully some kind journalists will take pitty on me and cover the event so I don’t have to be the only one with this problem…
Just joking around. Have a happy holidays and thanks for your note.
Dan is a regular guy and can joke about his love of the video clip. But I think he is still a little prone to fibbing; oh, let’s be generous and say he suffers from excess enthusiasm instead. Well, we’ve all seen vast quantities of bodacious bluster emanating from the ring, so this is just his normal way of talking.
Because that video is 3 minutes 13 seconds long, or 3.22 minutes. Watching “over 300 times” thus means he spent over 3.22 x 300 = 965 minutes in front of the computer, which translates into just over 16 hours. 16 hours of watching people switch off lights! All in one day!
I didn’t write Dan back because, frankly, I didn’t want to confuse him or, worse, have him threaten to bash my face in with a horse pipe or some other similar painful sounding object.
Also, I didn’t want to hurt his feelings because asking people to switch off their lights for an hour to celebrate some kind of earth-wrestling thing seems kind of silly.
I originally, idiotically, left a typo in when I wrote “3 minutes 13 seconds” as “13.22 minutes”. Not enough egg nog in my system, I guess. Thanks Iain!