Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 10:28:07 -0500
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

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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