This is the subject line of an e-mail I got from my manager last week.

He somehow came across the numbers of certified professionals page, which happens to list a new certification, MCITP: US History Major, which happens to not exist. You do one little thing, one little thing that you and your friend Suzy kind of think is funny, and you think your blog-frequenter Larry ("Certified Since 1857") might enjoy it, and you think no one else will notice anyway so what's the big whoop even if it is on microsoft.com and suddenly you find yourself with a what-the-hell e-mail looking you in the face.

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From: Trika's Boss
To: Trika Harms zum Spreckel
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:54 AM
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

ditto

From: Trika Harms zum Spreckel
To: Trika's Boss
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:54 AM
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

Oh, my god. if you weren’t so funny I’d fire you.

From: Trika's boss
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:54 AM
To: Trika Harms zum Spreckel
Cc: Tons of people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

It is just Trika’s desperate attempt to draw attention to herself.

From: Trika Harms zum Spreckel
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:52 AM
To: Tons of people
Cc: Tons of people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

Just to be clear: nothing is wrong. I manage that page. That cert is listed there on purpose. Thank you for checking and sorry for the spam. trika


From: Someone in operations
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:33 AM
To: Tons of people
Cc: Other people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

I just checked production and I am only getting the following specialties in MCITP

1. Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

2. Server Administrator

3. Enterprise Administrator

4. Operations Manager

5. Database Developer

6. Database Administrator

7. Business Intelligence Developer

8. Enterprise Messaging Administrator

9. Enterprise Support Technician

10. Consumer Support Technician

I don’t know who updates this page

Thanks

From: Trika Harms zum Spreckel
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:25 AM
To: All the people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

NO!!! don’t check it out. I did it to tease some of my blog readers (I manage that page) No one freak out…

From: Someone
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:20 AM
To: Operations and tons of people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

Guessing this might be a test account of some kind. can you check this out?

From: Someone
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:18 AM
To: The other people
Subject: RE: what the hell? ...

Just as long as I’m one of the two…

From: Trika's boss
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:16 AM
To: Some people, including me
Subject: what the hell? ...

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx under Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) why does it list “United States History Major      2”