This isn't exactly graphics and design, but I was once asked to insert a paragraph into a medical document, and was told, "But don't add on another page, because this has to be exactly 5 pages to go to (some reviewing authority.)" I was able to do it with the first two paragraphs I was asked to insert, but after the fourth one I simply couldn't make it fit no matter what I did short of making the font small enough to require a magnifying glass.
What was really annoying about the whole thing was that I'd print it up and send it along...and three days later would get it back with more changes to be made, but always with the requirement that I had to make it fit on five pages. After the fourth time, when there was no way I could make everything fit, I simply told the person who brought it to me that if they wanted it to fit they'd have to cut something else out. You'd have thought I'd suggested that the cuts be made to limbs with the reaction I got.
This was a classic case of having too many people reviewing a document, and everyone wanting their share of it. By the time the document was approved and sent on its way I'd spent hours on it that I really hadn't had to spare.