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Not a Sandwich (definition)

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2009-09-25: Not a Sandwich (definition)

Interpretations of reality

This comic is the result of years of study. The succinct definition of sandwichness is something I've known for a while but all these examples and contrasts are good to have written down.

It used to be I couldn't figure out why dumplings WEREN'T sandwiches!

See also the Classic Name Removed about cakepie for more of the sort of things I think about... so that you don't have to! Except when you're reading the comic.

Voting at Top Web Comics will give you not only a sense of satisfaction but also a view of a very strange note I took in an old notebook. If you have any idea what inspired me to write that crazy junk down... keep it to yourself!

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Dr Quickly: That's not a sandwich.
Rabot: Eh?

Rabot: Sure it is, a soft tortilla tuna salad roll. Part of our "try our many sandwiches" promotion.
Dr Quickly: BAH!

Dr Quickly: Bring me a REAL sandwich!
<< SPLUT >>

Rabot: A "pizza pocket"!
Dr Quickly: NO!!

Rabot: A crimped shut grilled cheese on white rye.
Dr Quickly: That's great!

Rabot: Open-face PB&amp;J...
Dr Quickly: Also excellent! Set it down!

Rabot: Okay I give up! What's your heuristic for sandwichness?!

Dr Quickly: A sandwich is "filling between"!

Dr Quickly: It doesn't have to be between slices of bread, either! A Bar Harbor Bar is a perfectly good sandwich! Mmm, cookies and ice cream. What a treat!

Dr Quickly: Calzone, panzerotti, stromboli, dumplings, pasties, and patties are all folded shut from a single sheet. They're all "filling inside", or stuffed, or rolled. Rolls and wraps are the same, just without being sealed shut.

Dr Quickly: But you can make a great sandwich out of two slices of pizza!

Dr Quickly: Sandwiches that become closed containers during the cooking process, like the crimped grilled cheese, still started out as proper sandwiches. A deep-fried Monte Cristo is still a sandwich, too.

Dr Quickly: Open face and double-decker sandwiches are degenerate special cases that prove the rule of Filling Between. Open face sandwiches have an implied top layer. Double-decker (and larger) sandwiches have an atypical filling.

Rabot: Something in the space separating two planes. From that... all sandwiches follow logically!

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