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Subway given sandwich course in measuring feet and inches

An employee prepares a sandwich inside a Subway fast food restaurant in Moscow, Russia on April 7.

Photo: Bloomberg

The US fast-food chain Subway got caught up in an online furor after an Australian teenager measured his “footlong” Subway sandwich and found that it was an inch (2.54cm) short.

Matt Corby’s photo of the sandwich next to a tape measure attracted hundreds of thousands of likes and hundreds more comments when he posted it on Subway’s Facebook fanpage.

In response, Subway Australia said the “Subway Footlong” was a registered trademark “as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.”

Angry sandwich fans quickly took to the Internet to knock the company’s response.

“I refuse to eat at restaurants where I need to bring a measuring tape to choose my bread,” said one netizen, while another made the case for the necessity of that extra inch, “An inch or two can mean a big difference ... if the Titanic had missed the iceberg by an inch or two it wouldn’t have sunk.”









1. caught up in v. phr.

身陷;深入 (shen1 xian4 mo3 shi4; shen1 ru4 mo3 shi4)

例: He is caught up in his work and has little time for his family.


2. next to adv. phr.

緊鄰 (jin3 lin2)

例: I sat next to a weired guy on the subway this morning.


3. make a case for v. phr.

提出好理由 (ti2 chu1 hao2 li3 you2)

例: You’d better make a case for yourself changing your major before you see your parents.


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