Just a letter from a friend I thought you might al find mildly amusing.
> Dear World,
> The United States of America, for over 200 years your high-quality
> supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to
> apologize for its 2001-2008 service outage.
> The technical fault that led to this eight-year service interruption
> has been located, and the parts responsible for it were replaced
> Tuesday night, November 4.
> Early tests of the newly-installed equipment indicate that it is
> functioning correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional by
> We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage, and we look
> forward to resuming full service --- and hopefully even to improving
> it in years to come.
> Thank you for your patience and understanding,
> The USA