You can leave your measuring tape at home — Subway has agreed to take all of the steps necessary to make sure its footlong sandwiches aren't 11 inches, or even 11-and-a-half, but a full 12.
After a teenager shared a photo on Facebook in 2013 showing a footlong Subway sandwich measuring up to only 11 inches, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the chain. A judge granted the final approval to a settlement on Feb. 25, with Subway agreeing to spend the next four years taking measures to ensure that its bread is at least 12 inches long. Franchisees will also use tools to measure their bread, which arrives at individual Subway locations frozen.
After the dough sticks are thawed and stretched, they can change in size and shape. While the amount of meat and cheese placed on the bread is standard, the judge said that it's possible people are losing out on toppings when the bread is half-an-inch shorter, The Associated Press reports. But in practice, since people do watch as their sandwiches are assembled, they can ask for more items and "the bread does not affect the quantity of food the customer receives," the judge said. The 10 individuals in the suit will receive $500, but potential members of the class won't be receiving any money. "It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence," said attorney Thomas Zimmerman. Catherine Garcia
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was on Monday night, and "the whole point of this debate tonight, the main prize the candidates are vying over, is the elusive undecided voter," Stephen Colbert said on his special live Late Show. "And there are a lot of them," as many as 1 in 5 voters in some polls. "If after all this time, the entire election is going to be decided by these few undecided voters, I wanted to talk to one myself," he said. The one he spoke with was Rob Lowe, portraying undecided Ohio voter Charles Hensen. The two of them go back and forth about the plight of the undecided citizen ballot-casters and the difficult choice they have to make, and by the end, you half expect to see "Magic 8 Ball-Ouija Board 2016!" bumper stickers on 1 in 5 cars tomorrow. Watch Lowe's amiable flip-flopper below. Peter Weber
The Late Show went on live Monday night, right after the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and "coming into tonight's debate, Democrats were divided between two strong emotions: panic and pants-crapping," Stephen Colbert said. "Democrats have not been this nervous since Anthony Weiner asked to borrow their phone."
"The expectations for the two sides were very different," Colbert noted. "For Hillary to win, she had to be confident but not smug, knowledgeable without being a know-it-all, charming but not affected, commanding but not shrill, also likable, warm, authoritative, and not coughing. Meanwhile, Donald Trump had to not commit murder — on camera — and that low bar was reflected in Donald Trump's debate prep," which reportedly involved eating burgers and coming up with zingers. "He may not have prepared, but it also looked like he didn't," Colbert said. "Meanwhile, Hillary was so prepared my new nickname for her is Preparation H."
For the next few minutes, Colbert walked thorough some of the debates zestier moments. "For months now, Donald Trump has questioned Hillary's health, repeatedly, and I've gotta say, there was one possible health scare on stage tonight: Trump sounded like he was fighting off a cold, with cocaine," he said. "He sounded like the coked-up best man in the bathroom at a wedding." He touched on substance a little bit, but mostly went for the easy laughs — see Law & Order — with some discussion of the hot topic of fact-checking. "Trump told the biggest lie of the debate," Colbert said, playing a clip of Trump touting his temperament. "Of course, we we'll never know if his temperament is really his strongest asset, because he won't release his tax returns," he said. "In the end, there was really only one word that summed up how this whole debate — this whole election — feels, and Donald Trump captured it." Watch below. Peter Weber
Donald Trump came out on top during Monday's debate — at least on Twitter.
Millions of tweets surrounding the debate were made throughout the night, with 62 percent about the Republican nominee and 38 percent about Hillary Clinton, Twitter announced. The most tweeted about moment was when Trump discussed his temperament, and other hot topics were the economy, foreign affairs, guns, terrorism, and the environment. Speaking of which, a 2012 tweet made by Trump about climate change wound up being the most retweeted of the night.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
After Clinton said her opponent "thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese," Trump quickly shot back, "I did not. I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that." His Twitter page shows otherwise: On November 6, 2012, he tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing jobs non-competitive." Trump said later he was joking, but to avoid future confusion, he might want to consider adding winking emojis and /s to his comedic tweets. Catherine Garcia
In the spin room after his debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump told several reporters that all the online polls say he won the debate. He did not mention the professional snap poll conducted by CNN that showed Clinton winning the debate, 62 percent to 27 percent, and if that poll should be viewed with the caveat that it skewed slightly Democratic, the online polls should be taken with a Trump-sized grain of salt. First, the Trump-friendly headline aggregator Drudge Report — which has its own online poll (spoiler: Trump is winning handily) and doesn't mention CNN's poll — directs its readers to two online polls, where Trump is winning by smaller margins. Trump also has the help of an informal army of online supporters at Reddit who are directing one another to all online polls they can find.
Every campaign wants to claim victory as soon as possible after a debate, with the hopes that the public will buy into that claim — Clinton's team also declared the night a win for Hillary. Still, if you're on the fence about who actually "won" the first debate, you could do worse that watching GOP pollster Frank Luntz's focus group of undecided voters for CBS News. The group, in Philadelphia, broke for Clinton 16 to 5, a "bigger than almost any debate I've done in a long time," Luntz said. "This is a good night for Hillary Clinton, it is not a good night for Donald Trump," he concluded, "but there is still time and there are still undecided voters." And, he didn't have to add, two more debates. Peter Weber
Jimmy Kimmel is running for vice president, solo, but he's not bitter about it. "I'm not on anyone's ticket, but I'm not sitting down," he said on Monday's Kimmel Live. "I issued a challenge to Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, and I said 'Let's go head to head on this,' and he accepted on one condition: We had to find a neutral site." They found one at a national chicken-wing chain restaurant. Clinton and Donald Trump had just duked it out on a stage at Hofstra University; Kimmel and Kaine tried to settle their differences sitting in a booth.
"So, um, I mean, what's your plan for the country?" Kimmel asked, and when Kaine said that he and Clinton have proposals to "build an economy that works for all," Kimmel stepped in: "Hillary and I would have a good plan, too." Kimmel then laid out some of his proposals, including making Super Bowl Monday a national holiday, restricting the use of social media, and regulating concert seating by height. "I don't have an argument with you about that," Kaine said of the last proposal. "I didn't think you would, because it makes perfect sense," Kimmel said. "It's called common sense, it's something I have a lot of. I feel right now like you would vote for me for vice president." "Yeah, I mean, I frankly think you are probably superior to me, it's just that when Hillary was making a choice, you know, she had a couple of criteria," Kaine said. "I mean, looks was a big, important thing to her." Spoiler: Kimmel won the debate. But if you like harmonica jams, especially, watch till the end. Peter Weber
Fox News host Brit Hume says Hillary Clinton looked 'composed' at debate but 'not necessarily attractive'
It is commonly believed in the punditocracy that televised presidential debates are won not on points and policies but on "moments" and the facial expressions of the candidates. This belief was born in the John F. Kennedy–Richard Nixon debates in 1960 and codified with Al Gore's sighs in his 2000 debate against George W. Bush. So in Monday's first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who wore their face better? On Fox News, Britt Hume seemed to suggest Clinton, but it's not clear he meant it as a compliment.
"What did they think of the two faces while the candidates were not talking, while they were listening?" Hume asked about viewers. "The Trump expression was one we're all familiar with from the earlier debates: He looked annoyed, put out, uncomfortable. And she looked, for the most part, she looked composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive. I think a lot will turn on how people reacted to the faces they saw side-by-side on that screen tonight." His comments about Clinton and Trump's faces start at the 2:30 mark:
Coincidentally, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also said Clinton looked "smug" in the post-debate spin room. Peter Weber
— Griffin Hammond (@Griffin) September 27, 2016
Donald Trump's past came back to haunt him Monday evening when Hillary Clinton slammed him for being a man who "has called women 'pigs,' 'slobs,' and 'dogs.'" Trump most vehemently protested when Clinton told the story of a woman named Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner:
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) September 27, 2016
"He called this woman Miss Piggy," Clinton said. "Then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado."
"Where did you find this?" Trump interrupted. "Where did you find this?"
It turns out Clinton found it out from the source herself. Watch Machado tell her story — complete with condemning footage of Trump — in the campaign ad, below. Jeva Lange
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016