How to Agree on a Definition

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How did the Kentucky Fried Chicken Double Down escape mention in this strip?

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGH

Hurray for the "Missy full-on-attitude shoulder tilt" POV in the second panel!!
My favorite!
BTW, the first panel made me laugh out loud!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

Is a burrito a sandwich?

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

"Soup Sandwich" would make an excellent band name.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

No, no, no. The eater must be able to easily be able to pick it up and eat it. Chowder in a bread bowl doesn't count, because the eater needs a spoon.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterneuroticsquid

Thank you! I spent all day yesterday arguing with my friends about whether or not a taco was a form of sandwich. I knew I was right.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJSD

Does this mean a pizza should also meet the (flawed) definition of an 'open-faced sandwich' when in an unfolded state, hence all open faced sandwiches could be marketed as pizzas?

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFuxedo

You're really bothered by the open faced sandwich.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

I heartily agree with the author's claim that "open-faced sandwich" is an oxymoron. Someone whose laziness is not quite so well developed as mine should start an advocacy group devoted to spreading this sacred truth.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I've had this very same Socratic discussion many times. Given that the Fourth Earl of Sandwich supposedly needed his eponymous delicacy to have two bready ends in order to keep his hands clean for his deck of cards, it seems ipso facto necessary to have that as a fundamental culinary jumping-off point (to stay true to its roots, a sandwich would also therefore be non-vegetarian, which is just an added bonus).

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArtie

Just because something has to have a bready covering on at least two sides, doesn't prove that anything with bready covering on at least two sides is a sandwich.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Hahaha, the world's most efficient lunch! Great line!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatija

A definite welcome return to a contentious topic. I even asked Capt Pike and he agreed that it was funny.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMateo

An "open face sandwich" is different from a normal "sandwich", so surely can't come under the same definition? :)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrek

Soup sandwich!!! Classic

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJKJR

OMG, I LOVE panel 1!!!

Panel 2 = my wife "I don't care enough to argue"

I will not comment on panel 3 due to my 5th amendment right.

I usually email a link of this strip to my wife. This time, I don't think so.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

every panel was AWESOME! I haven't giggled this much in, oh, I dunno, at least a few days :-D

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

But...but...chowder in a bread bowl fails the definition in the second panel: "...the eater must be able to easily pick it up."

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Mmm, sandwiches...

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolotovH

A slice of pizza, even folded, is not a sandwich. But two slices of piece held face-to-face, is.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

Since the sandwich was invented so the Earl of Sandwich could eat while playing cards, I would think that any food that could be eaten one-handed would qualify.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

Nope. Sorry.
Pizza is NOT a sandwich even if you fold it. The food item must be CREATED with bread on at least two sides to be a sandwich, so stromboli and calzones are sandwiches but pizza is not.

Otherwise, a bready meat pile would be a sandwich if you folded it, and it isn't. And never will be.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMad Chemist


May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjon

You got me with the first panel. And the 2nd, and the 3rd, and the 4th.
By the way I love the perspective in #2.
A cartoonist who can actually draw seems to be a rarity on the web.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue Dunham

So...what if you fold the open-faced sandwich? Just because the restaurant chooses the wrong definition of sandwich, doesn't mean their food can't be adapted. Just like pizza.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott P.

So, if Pizza and a Taco are sandwiches because of the fold.......

Wouldn't an open faced sandwich be a sandwich if it were folded as well? I say that if a fold is required, it is NOT a sandwich.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSQLGuru

"What if I voice my feelings of superiority?"

"I'll voice my feelings of superiority"

That's how my wife wins arguements as well.

And you're right about open-topped sandwiches - They are not sandwiches. Scrambled egg on toast is not known as a open-topped toasted egg sandwich is it?!

But what are hotdogs classed as?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Have you considered thinking of an open-face sandwich as a pre-sandwich? One simply requiring that the sides be 'faced' prior to consuming?

Or maybe even a DIY sandwich.

Did the McDLT with the hot-side hot and the cool-side cool make you head spin?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDouglas

Given the definition of the verb "sandwich," I'd say it needs to have two of something on the sides, whether bread or not. Tacos don't count unless the tortilla breaks in two.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

hmmm... That's how she always gets me to shut up too!!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

Ha, at first I thought I'd gone back in time......

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

So does the KFC "Double Down" (Two pieces of breaded chicken surrounding two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese topped with the Colonel's Sauce) count as a sandwich? What if you got the same meal with the grilled chicken instead of the original recipe chicken?

Its these types of thoughts that keep me up at night.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Wait... isn't pizza just a really big open face sandwich?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

For those of you who say that the soup sandwich is not a sandwich, I would like to argue that by Scott's definition, it is! Because it can be easily picked up (he never said "no utensils required"), and has the bready covering. I would also like to point out that you can eat it without a spoon, too... although it can be quite messy.

Also, an open-faced sandwich cannot be converted into a sandwich by Scott's definition, as most open-faced sandwiches are slathered in gravy. :]

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersaintpink

Per legal precedent, a Taco is not a sandwich:

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrM

It would appear that many of us have not yet agreed on a definition. A third "How To" reprise may be in order!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

"Soup Sandwich" is term used by the Army for a complete mess or screw up.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNagaho

Burns: "Use an open-faced club! A sand wedge!"
Homer: "Mmm... open-faced club sand wedge..."

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentero0o

I just wanted to say that

"Silently it is."

Is not just an excellent way to end a comic strip, but also strikes me as the most concise expression of the nature of marriage as a whole.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersgeier

Scott P.

the problem is, they cover it in gravy...that's hard to pick up and fold in half. not to mention sticky.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
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