How long is your Subway footlong?

January 25, 2013

A foot still equals 12 inches at the Subway on N. Courthouse Road in Arlington.

Call it the Angry Inch.

Earlier this week, two New Jersey men sued Subway, the world's largest restaurant chain, for stiffing them an inch on their footlong sandwiches. Their suit came days after an Australian teenager posted a photo of his 11-inch Subway footlong and, as these things do when we're stuck in the office with access to Facebook, the image went viral.

Predictably, another shark, sensing blood in the water, also filed a lawsuit over the "fraudulent, deceptive" practice. A Chicago man seeks more than $5 million in damages from Subway's parent company, according to a Chicago Tribune story. Said cash presumably would fill the hole left by that missing inch of bread and cold cuts.

Out of sheer curiosity -- and not because I could use $5 million, though I technically could -- I ordered a Subway "Italian B.M.T." footlong at the shop on N. Courthouse Road in Arlington. I hauled it back to the office and carefully measured it with an ink-stained "Westcott Printers Rule." It measured, precisely, 12 and 1/8 inches.

No doubt someone will sue over the extra eighth of an inch.

Regardless, the Courthouse sandwich would appear to validate Subway's statement in which the chain said it would redouble its "efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve."

But just to make sure, we here at Going Out Guide Central are asking readers to measure their own Subway footlongs and upload the photos to Twitter under the hashtag #footwrong. We'll compile the best images into a gallery.

Read more from the Going Out Guide:

Best sandwich shops

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Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.
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