ID: 1341-02
Votes: 1bcna (3.5)
Selected by: nolan@celery.[spam_prevention]
Lee was: the Supplicant  ? 
Answered on: 20 Oct 2003

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:

> Oh great Oracle, who knows the unknowable and can extemporize with the
> best of them.  Why are mayonnaise packets so much bigger than ketchup
> packets?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

} A longer header, more framing bits, and the data is incompressible.
} You owe the Oracle a recipe for TCP/IP burgers.

I asked this question once before I got the answer above. The answer I received the first time was:

} Ketchup has a higher density.
} Putting mayonnaise in every food gives utter satisfaction.