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Friday Follies: A Sandwich Too Good to Eat (Safely)


Eat a sandwich, break your jaw.

That’s what one unfortunate diner, Chad Ettmueller by name, got when he attempted to eat his usual “Wicked” sandwich at his favorite Which Wich? outlet. Chad and family were celebrating his son’s second place in a talent show. Chad was especially hungry that evening, having (by his own admission) skipped lunch that day; so he ordered the sandwich with extra meat and cheese.

The sandwich turned out to be so huge that when Chad attempted a bite, he dislocated his jaw. On both sides. A most unusual type of injury, and one that doctors say usually only happens from a solid impact to the mandible. Like, say, in a boxing ring.

At first, the family thought Chad was clowning around. They were all in a cheerful mood, after all. Chad tried to get his jaw back into place by “reversing” the process; that is, he socked himself several times on the chin and cheeks. When that didn’t work, folks began to realize Chad was really in significant distress. That anguish could only be compounded by his hunger, and the sight of his beautiful sandwich sitting on the table, untouched

Chad was rushed to medical help, but apparently said medical help wasn’t in too much of a rush to help him out. He suffered with his locked jaw for fourteen hours before surgery put matters back to (almost) right. I think the medicos were all too busy laughing and taking pictures or something. In any instance, Chad will be spending the next several weeks sipping his sandwiches through a straw.

He’s not bitter, though; Which Wich? will name the sandwich in his honor, and he’ll have a more continuing fame than most Hollywood actors as a consequence. (Shoot, maybe more than most Presidents, for that matter.) I only hope that the chain finds it in their hearts to give him a free (downsized) Wicked once he’s unwired and ready to eat solids again. Maybe they should offer him a free sandwich a week for life, since he’s said he will go against the usual practice in America of suing?

I wonder what ever happened to the original sandwich? Somehow, a doggie bag just doesn’t seem right…

Enjoy the (Food-Induced Injury) Heat!

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7 comments to Friday Follies: A Sandwich Too Good to Eat (Safely)

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    The Doctor

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