It has long been a Canadian ideal to shorten the distance from Lake Superior to the sea.
If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can easily shorten the sleeves yourself.
As this amount seems to be markedly less than that which would be expected from the cause in question, it is probable that some other cause tends to accelerate the earth's rotation and so to shorten the day.
Ironically, to protect the sanctity of her life, she had to shorten it.
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