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  • It's 1762.

  • John Montagu is the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

  • A small parish in the southwest of England.

  • Despite his keen administrative skills.

  • Montagu is a corrupt politician.

  • An adulterous husband.

  • And an incessant, degenerate gambler.

  • Often, while Montagu is in the midst of a particularly high-stakes game.

  • He will insist on being served his meals at the table.

  • In a moment of vision, though likely inspired by his travels.

  • The Earl orders his meat and cheese be brought to him stacked between two slices of bread.

  • So that he may eat with one hand while continuing to gamble with the other.

  • In one notorious episode, Montagu spends a full day and night gambling.

  • It is during this infamous 24 hours at the gaming table.

  • That Montagu's characteristic handheld concession is dubbed "the sandwich."

  • According to one estimate, Americans now consume more than 300 million sandwiches every day.

It's 1762.

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