Hab' 'Nen Luftballon Gefunden Denk' An Dich Und Lass' Ihn Fliegen
On a totally unrelated note, please consider this completely unhypothetical situation:
You're opening the day's office mail, which includes a large patchworked brown paper envelope sent from a barely legible address somewhere in Deutchland (the address is hand-written in German).
Upon opening said envelope, you discover it contains a cover letter, typed in German, addressed to your company, and dated "30.11.2006" (which, you assume uses the European dating practice of day/month/year, hence November 30, 2006), meaning that it took roughly eight months for the contents to arrive, assuming they were sent on or around that date.
The letter in German states: "anbei sende ich Ihnen ein paar Unterlagen und Fakten uber die scientology kirche un andere organisationen, die Ihnen eventuell vorenthalten sind oder werden und von Interesse sein konnten" (umlauts and other foreign punctuations are necessarily omitted). According to the online translator I used, this converts into English roughly as: "enclosed I send you a few documents and facts about the Scientology sect church and other organizations, which have possibly been withheld from you and which you may find of interest."
What follows is 60 double-sided pages of continuous (i.e. lacking even a single paragraph break in the entire 120 pages!) single-spaced typing, all in German, originally addressed to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights in New York, and which apparently consists of a non-stop psychotic rant about the Church of Scientology.
(I am of course, only guessing about the psychotic part, but given the above observations, it seems a completely reasonable assumption to make.)
Now, here's the Question: Under these circumstances, what would YOU do with this document?
1. Ignore it and round-file it.
2. Spend an inordinate amount of time/energy having it translated.
3. Send it to someone else as a joke.
4. Send it to someone else who might actually be interested in the contents, if you can figure out who that might be (my vote would be Charles Mudede).
5. Write a blog entry about it.
Clearly, I've made my own choice - and feel free to add options I haven't considered - but in any event, this IS just plain weird, isn't it?
Labels: scientology, weird mail, Work
on 1:04 PM