"....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 is the nephew of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, and an employee of the Ministry of Magic.
Likes to have some "fun" at work
Fudge (Engl) is to be vague or act falsely, especially when being untruthful or trying to mislead (Oxford English Dictionary).
Although the date printed on the second Daily Prophet Newsletter (DP2) is 8 February 1999, the timeframe for this event is 1992-1993.