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Who Invented the Sandwich?

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. However some form of a sandwich was probably eating before this time when more humans ate with their hands rather than using utensils. In facts there is some references in history where soldiers would wrap stew or food in a bun or piece of meat.

The ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the United States, and in second place is the BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). It is estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day - that's more than one for every man, woman and child in the nation!

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