Lies, damned lies… and blog posts

by Richard on September 3, 2011

Here’s a piece that’s been ‘doing the rounds’

Subject: EU regulations.

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

Those stupid bureaucrats, eh?

There’s just one problem with this: it isn’t true.

Any blogger can be caught out by an attractive snippet that feeds our prejudices. But if you find yourself on the wrong side of the truth, the least you can do is admit it.

I’m just saying.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

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Rosemarie 01.10.12 at 9:29 am

One of the reassuring things about the Internet is that it’s filled with ‘geeks’ who love to question the assertions posted by the mischievous.

Thank you

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Richard 01.10.12 at 10:34 am

What surprises me is that bloggers seem content to continue to spread this even after the hoax has been pointed out to them. It may be true that the EU is over-bureaucratic, but you can’t tell the truth with lies.

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Rich 09.16.13 at 4:41 pm

so how is it a hoax? Is the Constitution NOT 7,818 words? is the Ten Commandments NOT 179 words? So just because the sale of cabbage regulation is incorectly stated to be 26,911 words does not debunk that goverment regulations are out of control in verbage. The offardable Healthcare Act contains 425,116 words in its statutes. and a whopping 2,163,744 words in its regulations.

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Richard 09.16.13 at 6:21 pm

How??? It’s a hoax because the claim it makes about EU cabbage regulations is false.Someone, somewhere made it up. That isn’t difficult to understand, is it?

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Kim 09.17.13 at 10:11 am

Just under 775,000 words in the Bible. Mouthy deity, our God. Not to forget some pretty dated regulations.

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Richard 09.17.13 at 10:21 pm

:)

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Steve 06.14.16 at 4:20 pm

As a matter of interest, how many EU regulations are there regarding the sale of a cabbage? I know that it took the EU 4 years to decide on what ingredients are required to make chocolate but, same as cabbage, I’m not sure on the number of EU regulations it took to get there………….

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Campion 06.18.16 at 4:51 pm

It doesn’t matter if it is true or not, all the other EU countries seem to sell to us with greater success than we to them irrespective of the bureaucracy.

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