When is a foot really a foot?

This is where it all started for Subway back in 1965 in Bridgeport, Conn. The franchise has grown to more than 37,000 restaurants around the world. COURTESY SUBWAY
February 1, 2013

I guess you have lived in one place too long when you start recognizing people's voices on the radio.

During a discussion one day last week on Delaware 105.9 about Subway's 11-inch, foot-long subs in New Jersey, I surely recognized one of the callers. It was none other than Sussex County Councilman Sam Wilson.

Sam commented that he had taken off his shoe and measured his “foot” and it wasn't a foot at all, but about 11 inches. He chuckled and hinted that perhaps he should consider a lawsuit of some sort – perhaps filing against the All Mighty?

He said 11 inches for a foot-long sub was good enough for him, and it should be good enough for the rest of us. I'm sure it was his right shoe that he removed to measure the foot.

  • Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.

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