Census games.

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    Just for fun, a group of friends and I decided to have a little fun with the census. It started over a few beers and all of us laughing about how idiotic the census is, asking in MARCH how many people lived in your house on April 1st 2010 (which, wasn't here yet so how the hell do we know?)

    First things first, we wanted to see what happened if we didn't turn our forms in immediately.

    Exactly one week to the day after we received our forms but didn't return them, we all got a little postcard telling us they didn't get our form. How neat. Seems the IRS and the census have a neat little deal where mail from them always comes on a Monday. Nice.

    We all delayed another week, but just by happenstance 8 (out of the 12) of us noticed a strange thing: the postman stopped by our mailboxes, empty-handed. No, no red flags were up, no mail was outgoing, or incoming, he was just checking the boxes. Interesting.

    Then, we ALL filled out our forms, and put a zero where it asks how many people were living there as of April 1 2010, and mailed them. Again, it wasn't April 1st yet, so how the fuck are we supposed to know the future!

    The very next Monday, we all got little postcards saying we didn't fill out our census forms. How sweet.

    Then we all called in, requesting another census form. These were all promptly received the following Monday.

    I note that the county where I live leads the state in percentage of census forms filled out and turned in, and we all proceeded to fill out the forms correctly and send them. Since it was now after April 1st, we could be accurate and honest and not fortune tellers.

    Such fun!

    I wonder how many of us will be getting visits?
     
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    I filled mine out on March 20th or so. And I thought what happens if someone in my household dies before April 1st?

    Would my census answers consititute fraud?

    I'm sure that there are several hundred thousand people who will be included in the 2010 US Population tally that fall into the category "Should have been living in there house on April 1st, but died"
     
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    And yet, they bemoan each time that they didn't get an accurate count.
     
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    You are a true American! I salute you! :salute:
     
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    Isn't it a bit spooky they had the postman checking our empty boxes?
     
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    We can never have an accurate count...unless everyone has a transponder implanted beneath their skin that emits a signal when the person is alive...and at 12:00am on April 1st, a special satellite takes an instantaneous reading of all of the transponders.

    That would be accurate.
     
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    And only a little more spooky than postmen checking empty boxes!
     
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    or if you fuckers would quit wasting even more money just fill the damn things out and return them
     
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    We're supposed to give answers reflecting the FUTURE?

    And it's not us wasting the money, honey. It's the GOVERNMENT.
     
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    You should be proud of me. This is the first time I have ever sent in a census form or been counted, or participated in any way other than to tell the later-visiting census worker to go fuck him/herself.

    Of course, technically that's still not true either. It's not like I'm actually going to put my real name and DoB down....
     

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