Here’s a neat little trivia question: Where does the term “the whole nine yards” come from?
Tip – it’s not football… And please don’t bother trying to cheat with Google. It won’t help because most of the sites that pop up claim it’s a mystery. It’s not. There is an answer.
We have a winner… Below the fold
Andy from Determined to Tri correctly answered: “Something to do with machine gun rounds back in WWII, right”
In more technical terms, the Browning M-2 machine gun came with an ammunition belt (a string of connected rounds) that was 27′ long per box. “Give ‘em the whole nine yards” meant to fire an entire belt down range.
Nicely done Andy.