From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM

Subject: "A prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich"

Larry Horn laurence.horn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU writes:

Must be something about ham sandwiches. The locus classicus of "deferred

reference",from Nunberg's 1978 dissertation, is "The ham sandwich (at table

5) wants an order of fries." So ham sandwiches can be indicted by grand

juries, sanctioned to box, and served at diners; possibly all three

simultaneously.

And that ain't all! There's a theorem in geometry that has something to do

with (in plane geometry) a line passing through three areas, or (in solid

geometry) a plane cutting through three volumes, and so on in higher

dimensionalities. IIRC, it has a formal name, but is commonly referred to

as the Generalized Ham-Sandwich Theorem. (Ref., from memory: one of Martin

Gardner's "Mathematical Games" columns for _Scientific American_, in one of

the volumes of collections of same; dust jacket is black&white + blue.) Is

the ham sandwich THE archetypal sandwich in American speech?

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