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Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?

Originally aired: Thursday, June 26, 2014

When it comes to the correct definition of a sandwich, I'm a strict constructionist. I believe we must look to the Earl of Sandwich's original intent, which is why I've been dubbed the Scalia of Sandwiches. Even with my conservative approach to sandwichdom, I consider a hot dog to be a sandwich. That's why I was shocked to see recently that a man I respect and admire, Judge John Hodgman, had ruled that hot dogs are not sandwiches. He writes, Unlike any sandwich, you would NEVER cut and serve a hot dog in halves, unless under some weird duress. A half sandwich may be saved or shared, but a hot dog is a unity. Listen to the above clip from The Sporkful, in which I dismantle Judge Hodgman's verdict piece-by-piece. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. And check out next week's whole show on hot dogs for much more. Where do you stand? Are hot dogs sandwiches?


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