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Pointless gestures dept

This, just in, from the United Nations Secretary General:

"To mobilize people around the world, the United Nations is launching a text messaging campaign. My message reads: “On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all".

I am NOT making this up.

Apparently this will be "a powerful signal for peace that will be read, heard and felt around the world".

Poster Ianvisits points out in the comments that at 188 characters, the message exceeds the maximum 160 characters for a standard text message....

Rendered in loathsome txt spk, the message is this:

"on 21 September, d int'l dA of (-<-), I caL on wrld leadRz & pplz rownd d wrld 2 join forces agAnst conflict, poverty & hunger, & 4 aL hUmN rghtz 4 aL".



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Anonymous ianvisits said... 10:08 am

I guess that no one told the UN secretary general that the message has to be under 160 characters in length to fit into a standard SMS?

His message is 188 characters in length.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:27 am

Ian - I had mulled on checking that. so thank you for sparing me the effort.  



Anonymous Douglas Adams' Ghost said... 9:27 pm

Perhaps an idea born in the boardrooms of international mobile phone companies, who will make a clean fortune from the gullibility of the public who will, no doubt, forward this to the contents of their mobile phone's contacts list.  



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