One of the great "chain" e-mails which made the Internet rounds a few years ago parodied the Department of Agriculture's buying guidelines for cabbage by comparing its word count (roughly 26,000) to some other well known writings throughout history.

For example, the Declaration of Independence is just over 1,300 words, the Gettysburg Address is 278, while the Lord's Prayer, by comparison, come in at a miniscule 71 words.

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