Kids and one-upmanship
The conversation below is between four Indian kids. Indian kids who know that marathon equals the precise distance of 42.2 km and isn’t a modifier like “5k marathon” or “10k marathon”. The conversation took place sometime in 2010. I wasn’t a live witness but my friend Shalini related it soon after.
A: “My father has run a marathon!”
P: “MY father has run a 50k ultra!”
S: “MY father has run a 75k ultra!”
(pause… pause… pause)
A: “My father’s FRIEND has run a 100k ultra!”