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Sour Cabbage: by word count, the Real Whopper of a Bureaucracy is Biblical

Today, we at Irregular Times received this e-mail from one of our regular conservative correspondents, Elizabeth Smith Carroll:

All you Need to Know about Government Bureaucracy:

** Pythagorean theorem:……………………………………………..24 words.
** Lord’s prayer:………………………………………………………….66 words.
** Archimedes’ Principle:………………………………………………67 words.
** 10 Commandments:……………………………………………….179 words.
** Gettysburg address:……………………………………………… 286 words.
** Declaration of Independence :……………………………….1,300 words.
** US Constitution with all 27 Amendments:………………..7,818 words.
** US Government regulations on sale of cabbage…………………. .26,911 words.

SORT OF PUTS THINGS INTO PROPER PERSPECTIVE, DOESN’T IT?????

Archimedes’ principle reads in, depending on the translation, at about 32 words, but that’s not the biggest problem with the “proper perspective,” which depends on the claim that U.S. government regulations on the sale of cabbage weigh in at a whopping 26,911 words.

The truth is that the 26,911-word cabbage regulation claim goes back at least to 1951, at a time when the federal cabbage standard actually read in at about 1,000 words. Today, federal standards for chemical safety applied to cabbage are in tabular form along with other fruits and vegetables; the cabbage portion of the standard adds up to about 180 words in all, mostly the word “cabbage,” and then the parts per million of a chemical that are safe for cabbage, and then the legal expiration date of that standard. That’s nowhere close to 26,911 words.

If a bureaucratic document is one that takes tens of thousands of words to describe how to do something in stultifying detail, here’s my revision of the document, taking out the fake cabbage claim and putting in reference to a document with which most of us are familiar:

All you Need to Know about Bureaucracy:

** Pythagorean theorem:……………………………………………..24 words.
** Lord’s prayer:………………………………………………………….66 words.
** Archimedes’ Principle:………………………………………………67 words.
** 10 Commandments:……………………………………………….179 words.
** Gettysburg address:……………………………………………… 286 words.
** Declaration of Independence :……………………………….1,300 words.
** US Constitution with all 27 Amendments:………………..7,818 words.
** God’s Biblical instructions for building a place of worship and making sacrifices:….. 18,672 words.

SORT OF PUTS THINGS INTO PROPER PERSPECTIVE, DOESN’T IT?????

Sources: King James Bible,
Exodus 23:14-19… 161 words
Exodus 25:1 to Exodus 31:11… 6201 words
Exodus 35:4 to Exodus 40:30… 4872 words
Leviticus 1:1 to Leviticus 10:15… 7438 words

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