When Somebodyisfromhere.com Writes about Sandwich because he is hungry.

The following is probably pretty obvious. In the end it will do more to explain how Somebodyisfromhere.com’s brain works and expose his various psychosis rather than present new information. Nevertheless, onward.

Somebodyisfromhere.com wanted to learn about Sandwich. That is Sandwich, Massachusetts. Somebodyisfromhere.com thinks it’s funny that you could live in a food town called Sandwich. He wanted to get to the root of it.

First of all, Sandwich is ancient. It has been around since 1637. Hell, Somebodyisfromhere.com doesn’t even know what era that is. Of course, in some way, it seems early discovery was always inevitable for Sandwich. After all, it’s town motto reads, “After so many shipwrecks, a haven.” As such, it is the oldest town in Cape Cod.

But why name it Sandwich?  The answer could not be more obvious. It was named after Sandwich, Kent, England. Well what did you expect?

But Somebodyisfromhere.com is invested so he wants to pull that string a bit further.

Sandwich is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in the Non-metropolitan district of Dover, within the ceremonial county of Kent, south-east England. It has a population of 6,800.

Perfect example of the US and UK speaking the same language and Somebodyisfromhere.com not having any idea what they are talking about. What the hell is a ceremonial county? It sounds like the village Somebodyisfromhere.com’s mom puts on top of the fireplace around Christmas.

The ceremonial counties of England is a collective name which can be applied to areas to which are appointed a Lord Lieutenant. Legally they are defined by the Lieutenancies Act 1997 as Counties and areas for the purposes of the lieutenancies in Great Britain with reference to the areas used for local government.

Ok, well that didn’t really clarify anything. But, Somebodyisfromhere.com suspects that this is all getting very British and, frankly, he just wants to think about Sandwiches. Moving right along.

Somebodyisfromhere.com has actually been to Dover. He remembers cliffs and boats. One such creature to make this journey was an elephant.

It was here in 1255 that the first captive elephant was landed in England, The prize beast arrived at Sandwich quayside, delivered as a gift to the English monarch Henry III, from the French king, and was then taken on foot to the king’s zoo at the Tower of London. The journey through Kent is reported to have proceeded without incident, except when a bull in a field adjacent to the roadside took umbrage to the great beast passing and attacked it. In one move the animal was thrown by the elephant and killed outright.

Somebodyisfromhere.com didn’t know elephants won fights inasmuch he just thought they looked big. Good for them. But, alas, what does any of this have to do with my lunch? About the lunch item:

It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although he was neither the inventor nor sustainer of the food. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, and because Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands.

Ah, the name sandwich derives from gambling. That’s a catchy story for Somebodyisfromhere.com to remember. Unfortunately, it seems like spin isn’t just for modern era politicians.

The sober alternative is provided by Sandwich’s biographer, N. A. M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his desk.

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3 Responses to When Somebodyisfromhere.com Writes about Sandwich because he is hungry.

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  2. Fabian says:

    During the Middle Ages, thick blocks of ocsrae stale bread called trenchers were used in place of plates. Meats and other foods were piled on top of the bread to be eaten with their fingers and sometimes with the aid of knives. The trenchers, thick and stale, absorbed the juice, the grease, and the sauces. At the end of the meal, one either ate the trencher or, if hunger had been satisfied, tossed the gravy-soaked bread to their dogs or given as alms to less fortunate or poor human. Alms were clothing, food, or money that is given to poor people: In the past, people thought it was their religious duty to give alms to the poor. Trenchers were clearly the forerunner of our open-face sandwiches.

  3. Silvino says:

    We are beginning to wax pooihsiphlcal here, but to the unitiated it may be difficult to grasp. It began long ago in the fifties at truck stops. The menus began offering roast beef, mashed potatos and gravy on a slice of bread. Later this was done with turkey.,etc., and became a leading item in the truck stops across America. Like apple pie. But I digress! It then became known as a hot roast beef sandwich! Alas, a best seller. Now whenever mashed potatos, gravy., etc .,, are offered its called an open face sandwich! There, John

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