Let E be the Euclidean plane and let M(X) be twodimensional Lebesgue measure defined for each Borel subset X of E. Suppose that s is an arc in E and that e is a positive real number. Does there always exist a bounded connected open subset Z of E such that (!) s is a subset of Z (2) M(Z)M(s) is not greater than e (3) Z is the interior of a Jordan curve? It is not hard to show that such a Z exists if only conditions (1) and (2) are required to be satisfied. But how does one show that Z can be the interior of a Jordan curve, or even be simply connected? Remember that s can have an infinity of wiggles and can have positive twodimensional Lebesgue measure.
The answer should be yes. Consider $E$ to be a subset of the Riemann sphere $\hat{\mathbb{C}}$. The complement $U$ of $s$ is simplyconnected, so we can map it conformally to the unit disk (taking $\infty$ to $0$, say). Take the preimage of a circle of radius $r$, close to $1$, under this conformal map. This gives you a Jordan curve, and the Jordan domain $Z_r$ enclosed by this curve will have area tending to the area of $s$. So for a suitable value of $r$, this domain will have the desired property. (Am I am missing something?) 

