Thursday, May 9, 2013

WWII Trivia

The phrase "the whole 9 yards" derives from World War II combat pilots in the South Pacific. Their planes were armed with machine guns that took .50 caliber ammo belts, which were exactly 27 feet long. Hence, whenever the pilots blasted all their bullets at a target, it caught "the whole 9 yards."


the dogs' mother said...

Interesting! I'm sure I've used that phrase a bunch of times.