Profile America: Clichés & Sandwiches

Sunday, November 3. Today is Cliché Day — any way you slice it, a minor and obscure occasion. While the ostensible purpose is to encourage our verbal banalities, it might also be stretched to stereotypes. Such as the cliché that men in particular are enchanted by sandwiches. If true, then today has double meaning, as it’s National Sandwich Day.

The Mighty Quinn’s Brisket Sandwich

This date was chosen in honor of the birthday in 1718 of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, and the purported inventor of the sandwich as fast food. Authoritative sources put the Earl’s actual birthday as November 13, but no use crying over spilled milk.

America’s 95,000 grocery stores help in the assembly of better sandwiches through their $27 billion worth of annual sales of delicatessen meats and other deli items.

Profile America is in its 23rd year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.

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