According to popular legend, the sandwich was invented by the Earl of Sandwich one day when he did not wish to leave the gambling table and directed his servants to make him a snack between two slices of bread.
This charming apocryphal tale has only one problem: it is not true.
History, in fact, tells us quite a different story: it was the Sandwich that invented the Earl.
The Sandwich in question was a Ham and Goats Cheese Sandwich on Rye Bread, and it came from a long line of Rye Bread sandwiches. It was even related on its mothers side to the famous Lamb-on-Rye-Bread Sandwich of Nottingham.
This Sandwich was a clever piece of food, and was known in all the important social circles. It was friends with Alexander Pope, Dr Johnson, and Boswell.
Every day at lunch, however, it always found itself becoming rather lonely; for, while Dr Johnson and Boswell had to go off to find themselves a meal, being a piece of food itself, the Sandwich had nothing to do.
There and then, the Sandwich resolved to make itself an Earl for a lunchtime companion. Announcing its plans to a gathered crowd of scientists, lawyers, and sandwiches, the Sandwich retired to its workshop.
Exactly one week later at lunchtime, the Sandwich emerged from its workshop and unveiled the Earl before a wondering crowd of onlookers and sandwiches.
Unfortunately, it seems that the tale here takes a tragic turn; for the Earl - being by nature a Glutton - took up the Sandwich and ate it. In his defence, it was lunchtime.
The Earl further went on to disgrace himself by eating two more Ham and Goats Cheese on Rye Bread sandwiches before winding up with a marmalade and butter on pumpernickel sandwich. It was one of the most terrible massacres of sandwich history, and is recorded in several of the history books.
It was at this point that the sandwich community conceded to themselves that maybe they had bitten off more than they could chew, or at least they would have conceded this if it was not an entirely inappropriate metaphor.
Therefore, it was not until several decades after that the Burgers of Boston rose up in revolt against their British oppressors that sandwiches across the world were liberated ...
Tim, your links stink, you fink!
- John Bangsund's Threepenny Planet
- Broken Biro
- Poetry 24
- Superlative scribbles
- Kirstyn McD!
- Rorrim a tsomla almost a mirror
- More Sterne
- Cam the man from the Dan.
- Too hot to Raaaaaaandallllllll!
- Erin's Excellently Everlasting Effervescements!
- Slammy Infamy
- Hail Paco!
- Baron Blandwagon, purveyor of cyberbunnies, hawker of Roger Corman, and Misruler of the Multiverse
- The Bolta. Aiyeeeeee!!!!!
- Bad Apple Audrey
- The cartoon church
- Sir Martinkus
- A Zemblanian abroad and at home
- A hodge podge of hotzeplotz
- THE SLAMMA!
- Jottlesby's nottings, or should that be Nottlesby's jottings?
- The Snarking of the Hunt
- Jazzy Hands
- David of Metal City
- David the Barista
- The Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony
- Be an Opinion Dominion Minion!
- ... and Fel
- His brilliant career - from whale sushi to crumbed prawn
- Jo Blogs
- Yet another Tim
- Was two peas, now three peas
- ... Still Life - now with extra rotating cats!
- An Amazingly Awesome Australian Ampersand!
- Blink and you'll miss 'er
- Red in the land of the tigers!
- Wire of Vibe
- Chase him, ladies, he's in the cavalry!
- The Non-palindromical Editrix in Germanium
- Old Sterne
- The briefs...
- ... and the brieflets
- The Purple Blog
- Blairville, lair of all that is wicked and perfidious
- The enticingly acronymical CSH
- EXTREEEEEEEME WYNTER!
- Mark of California
- Silent Speaking
- Lexicon the Mexican
- ► 2014 (110)
- ► 2013 (173)
- ► 2012 (275)
- ► 2011 (261)
- ► 2010 (288)
- ► 2009 (290)
- ► 2008 (316)
- ► 2007 (392)
- The Beginning of Modernism - The Rather Silly Vers...
- Laptop Nonupdate
- Crazy Man Without Eyes Inviting You To Come ...
- Great Books That Have Never Been Written
- Attention Platform 7
- We Protest! We Protest!
- The Lost Post Post
- Post Post
- One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night
- The Eyeless Labourer In The Night
- Guess The Political Cliche!
- Thought-and-a-Half For The Day
- The Poet's Dictionary
- Strophes, Apostrophes, Shouting, and Tits: Some te...
- How About That, Eh?
- Today Will Be A Day Like Any Other Day
- History Lesson Number 1: The Sandwich of Earl
- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness
- In The Halls of Higer [sic] Ed ...
- True But Inaccurate
- My Weekend, By Timothy H Train
- Fresh Minds To Warp
- Days of Whine and Rage, or Rants of a Disgruntled ...
- Romantic Tips For Sensitive Zombies
- Things I Have Learned After Reading H. Rider Hagga...
- Pedant's Pleasure
- An Unuseful Phrase
- ▼ March (29)
- ► 2005 (287)