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Eight miles out...

Posted by Smokey Stover on January 30, 2010 at 05:04

In Reply to: Eight miles out... posted by Kelvin Tonks on January 28, 2010 at 14:00:

: : I was told back in the old Vegas days, mugs were told to take a problem patron '8 miles out and 6 feet deep'. Anyone ever hear this one?

: Could be an old surveying term: Meaning 8 furlongs.(8 furlongs to 1 statute mile)
: The statute mile was defined by an English Act of Parliament during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I - is equal to 1,760 yards ). For surveying, the statute mile is divided into eight furlongs. (KT)

If I heard that phrase in connection with a patron or someone else who had become a problem, I would automatically assume that they meant "take him out in the desert and put him six feet under." I might be wrong, of course, expecially as digging six feet down in the Nevada desert is supposed to be extremely difficult without heavy equipment.