Top 10 facts about sandwiches

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1. Sandwiches are named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–1792). The earliest known use of the term was in 1762.

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2. The verb “to sandwich”, meaning to insert something between two things of different character, only began to be used in the 1860s.

3. The Sandwich Islands were also named after John Montagu who was First Lord of the Admiralty when they were discovered in 1778.


4. The islands were renamed Hawaii in the 1840s.5. According to a recent survey the three most popular lunches in the UK are cheese sandwich, ham sandwich and chicken sandwich in that order.6. There are more than 300,000 people employed in the UK sandwich industry.


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There are more than 300,000 people employed in the UK sandwich industry

7. The British eat around 11.5 billion sandwiches a year, most of which are made in the home.8. The world record for eating 8oz corned beef sandwiches is 20 in 10 minutes, set by world No.1 competitive eater Joey Chestnut in 2012…9. …Joey Chestnut also holds the record for grilled cheese sandwiches: 47 in 10 minutes.

10. The name of Sandwich in Kent was originally “Sondwic” meaning “market town on sandy soil”.

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