A Heated Debate

Red letter day last week. A postcard from Flannel! Nice stamp too. I was just at the post office the other day and these produce stamps were not available. Too bad. I love ’em. Had to settle for “The Winter Holiday” stamps.

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The image renewed my curiosity about hotdogs. Are they or are they not sandwiches? And who is the decider?

Hotdogs do seem the perfect pre-Thanksgiving food. American symbolically, preparation-free essentially, no kin to turkey thankfully, and, should you buy a pack of six dogs and a pack of eight buns you can use the two extra buns in the stuffing.

Bookending Thanksgiving with sandwiches appeals to my orderly self. Hotdog Wednesday/Turkey Sandwich Friday. Amen.

Postcard from Dennis

From Jeb Lund of the Guardian:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread with a filling such as meat or cheese placed between them, or a partly split long or round roll containing a filling.” Thus, bun-plus-Dodger Dog equals … Voila!

From Ted Berg:

A hot dog is a sandwich. Why this is still up for debate is baffling.

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From Morgan Shanahan:

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And from Adam Weinstein at Gawker:

Jeb Lund, the friend of Gawker also known as Mobute, has posted an Independence Day-related meditation on the sandwichness of hot dogs at that most American of publications, The Guardian. Lund arrives at the right conclusion for the wrong reasons. Here is why hot dogs are sandwiches.

“It’s a question widely posed – and how we approach it speaks to who we are, as individuals and as a nation,” Lund asserts, and in this he is correct. “Neither the hot dog nor the sandwich were invented by America, yet we feel a passionate possessiveness over both.”

Hot dogs and sandwiches are consummately American, and for a vital unspoken reason. A brief Foucault-style review of their purported origins, and their adoption by the U.S. of A., illuminates why they are essentially the same thing: Hot dogs and sandwiches are tools of social control. Read on here.

My take is this: If you have to ask the question then the evidence is strong enough to rule a hotdog a sandwich. A ruling sandwich, frankly.

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Listen to

The Sporkful !

From Dan Pashman, “If you listen to The Sporkful, you know that I have STRONG feelings about what makes a sandwich a sandwich.

You’ll also know that I am a staunch sandwich conservative — some have even called me the Scalia of Sandwiches.

That’s because define a sandwich based on the original intent of the framer of sandwiches, the Earl of Sandwich:

1. You must be able to pick up a sandwich and eat it with your hands without your hands touching the fillings.

2. The fillings must be sandwiched between two discrete food items.

Enter hot dogs and John Hodgman, author, actor, humorist, and host of one of my favorite podcasts, Judge John Hodgman.

During an appearance I made on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show in July of 2014, Hodgman called in to debate whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich.

I argued yes, Hodgman argued no — and agreat feud was born.

At first it was a private affair, but then the world started to take notice — first a video from the Buffalo Bills’ locker room went viral; then the debate made it to the TODAY Show.

Hodgman and I had to settle the issue once and for all. We met onstage at The Bell Housein Brooklyn — with Brooke Gladstone of WNYC’s On The Media moderating our debate before a live audience.”

FABULOUS LISTEN. Set down what you are doing and LISTEN RIGHT NOW!

And then, you tell me, did they settle it? And, if so, do you agree?

You know I have a dog in this race and my dog is HOT.



One response to “A Heated Debate

  1. Pingback: Hotdogging the Holiday Loafing | The Lunch Encounter

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