From the inbox -- actually, my wife's email inbox. Fortunately we live in a community-property state.
Date: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM
The Microsoft is glad to pronounce you as the lucky winner of Eight crores Thirty Four lahks and Thirty Two Thousand INR,send us the following details for claims.
To be precise, we live in a taxation-without-representation District rather than a state of any sort, and here the marital-property principle is called "equitable distribution" rather than community property. Either way, I'm looking forward to my share of the loot, knowing that one crore is equal to ten million rupees, which in turn is worth about $200,000.
Bonus-bonus background. I've learned that I need to spell out, even in cases seemingly so blatant, that in fact I am not taking this at face value and am being "sarcastic." When I was living in China, I learned to make things hyper-explicit because often they were being read by people whose command of English kept them from picking up what I thought were obvious signals. Now the challenge is right-wing trolls, of which more another time.
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