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8.14.2003 by Adam.

Sit down. Grab some chips, maybe a sandwich. It’s time we had a little talk.

I took a look at our food bloggers section. A lot of it went right over my head, but it got me to thinking. Thinking, it has been pointed out, is not a healthy thing for me to be doing.

My thoughts were this: when was the last time someone invented a sandwich? I don't mean invented some new form of sandwich, where we put some inexplicable yet delightfully new thing between two slabs of bread. What I mean is, when was the last time someone was so incredibly inspired that they invented something that rocked the culinary world. Something so astounding that it becomes commonplace. Something amazing, yet simple enough that business chains are crafted around it.

Everything has to have an origin. The sandwich is believed to have been first constructed by the Earl of Sandwich, back in the days when it was common practice to place yourself between two hunks of bread in order to fool the dinosaurs. Since then, the practice of placing food between bread has become so commonplace that it's almost become socially unacceptable to not wrap your meal in some kind of wheat product. When was the last time you had a slice of lunchmeat without the bread?

It feels like we’ve reached stagnation though. We’ve come to a point where none are willing to get a little bit wacky, and come up with something that no human can be without. Instead, I see the same old ideas mixed in new ways. And while pasta with yet another new kind of sauce is refreshing, it’s not quite the same.

My fever for the brand-new extends beyond the culinary world. However, we’re still seeing innovations and inventions that are amazing in their simplicity and wonder today. One example, the internet. Now it’s become just another one of the utility bills, rather than an unnecessary entertainment expense. I know of no humans who are without it, yet 20 years ago it was virtually unheard of, save for those who worked heavily in the technology industry. It certainly wasn’t the bastion of pornography and Nigerian scam artists that it is today.

Perhaps one day I will invent a new amazing foodstuff, and it will be called the “Adam”. Ten million years from now, when everyone is having a cold whatever and munching on their adams, someone will stop and ponder just where did the adam come from, and how did its inventor, "The duke of Adam", come up with something so delightful? I guess I’ll never know.

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