That'll be a million pounds, please

by Suw on April 21, 2004

Gapingvoid says:

I've told this story before: My father went to Harvard Business School in the 70s. One of his professors, an eminent scholar, had studied the question of what was harder in business: to get one person to give you a million dollars, or to get a million people to give you one dollar.
The prof insisted getting one person to fork over a million was statistically easier by a very wide margin.

Because I am never one to fly in the face of statistics, and because I am about as broke as it is possible to be without being actually legally bankrupt, I have decided that instead of trying to get lots of people to buy Welsh t-shirts and CD-ROMs from my webshop, or donate a quid via PayPal (to, I'm just going to concentrate on trying to find one person to give me a million.
Please give me a million pounds. If you do not have a million pounds, please pass this request on to all your friends. The Law of Kevin Bacon says that there should be a millionaire within six degrees of separation from me, so if you all pass this on, and all your friends pass it on, and all their friends pass it on, eventually I'll reach a friendly millionaire who can give me cash.
After all, you don't like to see me so impecunious, do you?

Anonymous April 21, 2004 at 3:58 pm

If I did know anyone with a million pounds, why on Earth would I encourage them to give it to you and not me?

Anonymous June 2, 2005 at 2:55 pm

if by chance your experiment is successful and you recieve well over your target or ?1000000.00 please can i have the rest

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