"....we took bets around the office. Rufus won; he said it would take ages and he was right."
-- an anonymous source at the Improper Use of Magic Office interviewed by the Daily Prophet (DP2)
Rufus Fudge was the nephew of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, and an employee of the Ministry of Magic.
Fudge (Engl) = to cheat or behave dishonestly; to fail to fulfill a promise or obligation.
Although the date printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletter DP2 is 8 February 1999, the timeframe for that event is 1992-1993.