The specific etymology of most food names is lost in ancient history. But a few foods are named after specific people. One of the most notable is the food/concept of a “sandwich,” named after “John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Montagu,_4th_Earl_of_Sandwich).
This opens up a new possibility for gaining personal fame and fortune: name a common “food form factor”—like the sandwich or burrito—after yourself!
Now, you might think all the various possible sandwich-like and vaguely sandwich-adjacent form factors (e.g. tortilla, taco, burrito, wrap, hamburger, bread bowl…) have already been taken.
But this is not the case! We just need to think more creatively. For example, there are no foods that are commonly served:
- Underneath a tetrahedron (Fig. 1C).
- With toppings adhered to a corkscrew / helix (Fig. 1D)…
- …or perhaps some kind of DNA-double-helix arrangement with structural food products (bacon? string cheese?) bridging the helices.
- On the “faces” of a Möbius strip (Fig. 1E).
One might suppose that any practical food arrangement has already been named. But consider how many closely-related food form factors have different names: e.g. ”wrap,” “burrito,” and “gyro,” or “burger” and “sandwich.” Thus, there’s still probably room to name a food after yourself, even if there is already “prior art” of similar foods.
PROS: Opens up a new avenue of narcissistic accomplishment.
CONS: Successfully naming a food after yourself might end up removing a certain amount of “gravitas” from a once-respectable family name. Imagine someone named “Joseph Quesadilla” who, every time he introduces himself, has to explain that, no, he isn’t named after the quesadilla, actually he invented the quesadilla.
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