Just for S&G, I measured the one I purchased from Harbor Freight. It
is labeled as a 36" grabber, and it is 36" in length, but the distance
between my thumb and the tip is 32" when I hold it. It extends my
grasp about 30" since the last 2" are the gripping part.
All I can assume about the OP's claim of 28" is that he must have
extraordinarily long thumbs. He really doesn't need a grabber; he
could pick up things from the ground without even stooping over.
I don't think so. In 2012 a Subway was one of the places I was going
for lunch semi-regularly, and I remember the name "foot-long" because it
contrasted with the simple "large" at Tim Hortons. Of course, it might
have changed since then. I never measured them, but the Subway ones
did look about a foot long to my eyes; the ones at Tim Hortons (since
discontinued) were shorter but thicker.
I looked at http://www.subway.ca , but while they are most eager to show
you nutritional and other details for the "standard 6-inch" size, I found
no reference to the larger size at all. However, a Google search
allintext: 12-inch OR foot-long OR footlong site:subway.ca
turned up a number of results, the first page of which all had "footlong"
or "foot-long" in the given excerpts.
Mark Brader |"It's bad enough that this... font doesn't distinguish
Toronto | between I and l, but I'd never had a problem with V before!"
The pound was first defined to be 500 g in Germany in the 1850s. A
good hundred years later, it ceased to be an allowed measure in
trade. It is now slowly vanishing from everyday language. So,
maybe 100-200 years is realistic for this kind of transition.
The Eskimoes had fifty-two names for snow because it was important
to them, there ought to be as many for love.
When South Africa went metric in 1971 the price of building rose, because
metric bricks were smaller and took longer to lay. Then a brickmaker
introduced the M290 brick, whose longest dimension was 290mm, which made it
bigger than the old Imperial bricks.
Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
I agree with the "deceptive". I can see their logic; they are using
"feet" as an integer quantity. So "one foot" is nowhere near three feet,
but "two feet" is nearly three.
I use a related deception by saying that my age is nearer to 60 than it
is to 50. I could equally say that I'm nearer 50 than 40, but that
deception is more obvious upon inspection (of my face).
When my son is still up at 10:15, my wife reminds him that it's 11
and he should be in bed. I understand that she uses hyperbole, but
I am still wondering how she expected him to learn the clock this
But it is in fact only "almost nearly three feet" (it would be
nearly three feet if it was just a little longer).
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