Thursday, September 3, 2009


We all get junk mail, both at home and on the Internet. Spamming is an advertising gimmick and most of us dump the unsolicited junk emails without reading them.

Something came across my electronic desk over a year ago and I thought it was interesting enough to write a blog about it, but now I find out that it is not true, at least part of it.

The email that I received then, made me pause and reflect about our bureaucracy and the excess governmental verbiage called gobbledygook. I said at the time, “The truth of the adage that "less is more" is proven in the following email.”

The Pythagorean theorem is explained in 24 words.
Archimedes' Principle: 67 words
The 10 commandments: 179 words
The Gettysburg Address: 286 words
The Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words

The final line said this:

The US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: Just short of 27-thousand words.

Guess what? It’s not true. The original U.S. Department of agriculture memo on cabbage is really short by some 26-thousand words.

Apparently it’s such a good ruse that it sustains its dubious authenticity and won’t go away.

Maybe someone will bring up the Cardiff Giant and start that hoax again.

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