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The Word Counts of 11 American Things

1. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (National Anthem version): 80 2. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address: 271 3. The Emancipation Proclamation: 719 (title and signatures included) 4. Don McLean’s “American Pie”: 870 5. The Declaration of Independence: 1,458 (including signatures) 6. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech: 1,652 7. The U.S. Constitution: 4,543 (including signatures) 8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. [...]

11 Variations on “Keep Calm and Carry On”

c The now-famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster was produced by the British Ministry of Information in 1939, as a quintessentially British statement of what to do in the event of German invasion. The post actually wasn’t circulated at the time, and only became popular after its rediscovery at a bookstore. Among my [...]