It seems that I am the first to notice it: the current commit count of the master branch (11,714) is now a whopping 5,000 commits over the current 0.16 release (0.16.6712 at this time
Back in April 2016 when 0.16 was first released, the revision number was 6700.
I believe this commit differential is the highest in the history of FreeCAD.
Just looking at the past few releases:
Release (commit differential over previous release)
0.13.1830 (1830) --> first release after switching from svn to git, the revision number was reset
Here's to hoping that a 0.17 release can be done after this summer.