Business: Inch by Inch

The Big Inch and Little Big Inch pipelines had just closed down nine months ago when the War Assets Administration began to get tongue-in-cheek bids for them. One jokesmith wanted the lines for piping grapefruit juice from Texas to New York. Another thought tough Texas jackrabbits could be profitably run to eastern markets since "anything becomes a delicacy if it is moved far enough." Even harried WAA officials took time out to join in the fun. Their proposal: start carbonated water through the pipes in Texas, spike it with bourbon in Kentucky, route the piped highballs through the "ice mines of...

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