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Question: How many feet do mice have?

Original Reply: Mice have four feet.

Mgmt comment: Elaborate.

Revision 1: Mice have five appendages, four of which are feet.

Mgmt comment: No discussion of fifth appendage.

Revision 2: Mice have five appendages; four of them are feet and one is a

Mgmt comment: What? Feet with no legs?

Revision 3: Mice have four legs, four feet, and one tail per mouse.

Mgmt comment: Confusing. Is that a total of 9 appendages?

Revision 4: Mice have four leg-foot assemblies and one tail assembly per

Mgmt comment: Does not fully discuss the issue.

Revision 5: Each mouse comes equipped with four legs and a tail. Each leg
is equipped with a foot at the end opposite the body; the tail is not
equipped with a foot.

Mgmt comment: Descriptive but not decisive.

Revision 6: Allotment for mice will be:


Deviation from this policy is not permitted as it would constitute
misapportionment of scarce appendage assets.

Mgmt comment: Too authoritative, stifles creativity.

Revision 7: Mice have four feet; each foot is attached to a small leg
joined integrally with the overall mouse structural sub-system. Also
attached to the mouse sub-system is a thin tail, non functional and
ornamental in nature.

Mgmt comment: Too verbose and scientific. Answer the question.

Final Revision: Mice have four feet.

Mgmt comment: Approved.

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