A restaurant review in the Myanmar Times describes a steak that “could not have been more middle-of-the-road if it was glued to a cat’s eye.” This analogy makes sense only if you know that “cat’s eye” is a term for the reflective studs in the middle of a road that help drivers stay in their own lanes. This is part of a complete episode.
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