But there's nothing I can do unless I want to cancel the ad deal and go back to writing this blog out of the goodness of my heart and unfortunately the goodness of my heart is not a very large place. Think of Rhode Island, then think 99% smaller, and you've got an idea of the size of the geographical land mass we're metaphorically talking about here.
—fakesteve.blogspot.com, "Look, I hate these friggin Ken Fisher ads as much as you do," February 2, 2008.
People today generally know Marlon Brando for three things: playing the Godfather, playing Superman's dad, and being a whacked-out mass of adipose tissue the size of Rhode Island.
—www.phenry.org, review of On the Waterfront by Paul Henry (July 2006). Submitted by vi.
A sweet, brave, and funny novel—with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island.
—Claire Cook's blurb on the trade paperback edition of Every Sunday by Peter Pezzelli (June 2005).
Someday, and hopefully someday soon, I'd like to sit down to watch a postseason baseball game and not get up five hours later with a headache the size of Rhode Island and a nasty case of bedsores.
—Sports Illustrated, "Dawn of the dead? Sox awaken hopes of being first to come back from 3-0 down," by John Donovon, October 18, 2004.
I don't know who hired him, but he certainly didn't live up to his own exacting standards. He was a blubbery, middle-aged, gone-to-fat ex-jock with a waist the size of Rhode Island and an even more bulbous ego. It had probably been 20 years since he'd seen his feet without looking in the mirror.
—www.thenews-messenger.com, "Wrinkled but worthy bosoms deserve equal treatment," by Elizabeth Schuett, August 23, 2004.
It's my goal to dump 20 pounds over the next 8 weeks... How will I do it? No special diet. No special pills. It's going to take self-discipline. Basically, eat less and exercise more. And it will take a little divine intervention as well, because I've got a sweet tooth as big as Rhode Island.
—www.joelcomm.com, "Monday Morning," by Joel Comm, May 12, 2003.
Shoot somebody in the chest with a soft-nose .44 Magnum and you blow a hole in them the size of Rhode Island.
—Persuader by Lee Child, 2003.
"They look like Subarus of the slopes," said one ski bunny with moguls the size of Rhode Island. "Those boots ain't sexy, but they look like they can get the job done."
—www.maximonline.com, "Das Boots: Which of the new generation of high-performance ski boots are soft on your feet? And which are just plain soft?," by Paul Hochman, January 2002.
In "Brainwashed," Oscar [Goldman]'s secretary, Callahan is dating Washington D.C.'s only straight hairdresser/evil international spy and they think she's revealing OSI secrets to him, because who of us doesn't tell our hairdresser EVERYTHING about our daily lives? So Jamie [Summers] decides to go undercover by getting her hair done. While she's being shampooed, the... spy brainwashes her like he's been brainwashing Callahan and she reveals her bionics. Interestingly, Jamie's new hair is the size of Rhode Island, yet Callahan's "do" is exactly the same as before her brainwashing.
—www.jumptheshark.com, "The Bionic Woman," (June 2001).
He would no doubt tell you otherwise, but Robert Craig [Evel] Knievel was a mediocre, semi-pro flat-tracker who came out of Butte, Montana, with little [more] than a criminal record and huevos the size of Rhode Island.
—www.evil1.com, "Like it or not Evel Knievel ain't going away," by Davey Coombs, (August 2000).
I'm kinda sick of roller derby by the last day of practice. There's a large, painful, bloody blister the size of Rhode Island on my foot. Each crossover feels like a large nail being driven into the side of my foot.
—www.metroactive.com, "Metropolitan's Harmon Leon takes on the Bay City Bombers," by Harmon Leon, October 11, 1999.
Do you really think that your brain innervates your muscle fibers via your autonomic nervous system by sending a message like "ATTENTION ALL MUSCLE FIBERS! YOU GUYS ARE CONTRACTING AGAINST FREE WEIGHTS SO YA BETTER MODIFY YOUR ADAPTIVE RESPONSES, MYOLOGICAL TENDENCIES AND BIOMECHANICAL REACTIONS TO GET BIGGER THAN RHODE ISLAND!"
—www.cyberpump.com, "More Fitness Facts and Fables," by Matt Brzycki, November 26, 1998.
WEBN seems to have outraged plenty of Cincinnatians with its all-but-over billboard campaign that featured female cleavage the size of Rhode Island.
—www.cincypost.com, "WLW Says Dove Blast Is No Joke," November 12, 1998.
"Dead," I said. "Definitely dead."
"You better believe it. Wasn't shot with no BB gun, either. Got a hole in his head about the size of Rhode Island."
—Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich, 1997.
He gets a lump in his throat "the size of Rhode Island" when he thinks of his darling children.
—Lexington Herald-Leader, "Romantic heroes of '90s cook, love kids," by Donna Abu-Nasr, 1996.