This scene from the Minnesota State Fair reveals how the "About a . . . Foot Long Hot Dog" stand is a "State Fair Taste Tradition. . . ." With respect to the name, I have always believed that the "About a . . ." qualifier is lawyer-driven to avoid false advertising lawsuits if a ruler might reveal a stretching of the truth and/or the wiener unintentionally coming up short on the promised twelve inches.
Turns out, we have much more to fear in the world of "Foot Longs" than literally false trademark claims or even stubby wieners in a bun at the State Fair, so, let's name that fear: Subway.
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