15 June, 2009

Quiz Time: What's wrong here? UPDATED

I received this chain email for at least the second time today. I'm going to post it here and see if you can guess what's wrong with it.

Remember as you read that this is NOT true.

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Subject: AFL or NRL which one fits the bill

Have been accused of spousal abuse


Have been arrested for fraud


Have been accused of writing bad cheques


Have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses


Have done time for assault

Cannot get a credit card due to bad credit


Have been arrested on drug-related charges


Have been arrested for shoplifting


Are defendants in lawsuits and


Have been arrested for drunk driving
In The last year

Can you guess which organization this is? AFL? NRL?

Give up yet? .. . ...

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it's the 535 members of the AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT IN CANBERRA

The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year,designed to keep the rest of us in line.

You've got to pass this one on!

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No, please don't pass it on. It's not true.

Did you spot the glaring error? If so, post it in the comments.

I will post the answer as an update later.

It's heartening to see people on both sides of the Pacific picking up on this one.

Yes, there are only 226 members of the Australian Parliament (150 Representatives and 76 Senators), but there are 535 members of the United States Congress in Washington.

Of course, it's not to say for a moment that there aren't crooks in the Australian parliament too, but someone out there is so upset about that possibility that they've re-sent an American chain email, pausing only to change the nationality and the leagues.
Now what was that about fraud?
If you're going to complain about the standards of the government, at least learn something about it first.

Whenever I receive and email like this, I send it back with corrections to every address on the list. It will be interesting to see if that is forwarded as widely as the fiction. One day, I might post the exchange I had the last time a chain email tried to emotionally blackmail me into forwarding a message so that Make-a-wish foundation would allegedly give 7¢ to a dying kid.

As for the original version of this email, here's an assessment of its veracity:
Even if there were a time when it was all true, chain emails float around the internet for a lot longer than congressional terms. If email had been as widespread in the 80s, we might still be getting stories about Reagan's astrologer.


  1. The listed numbers in the email only add up to 380, not 535. Apart from that, there's only 226 MPs in Federal Parliament.

  2. That's the e-mail about the US congress.