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White or wheat? Mayo or mustard? Hero or gyro?

However you slice it — and there are a million ways — almost everyone has a favorite sandwich.

The origins of the hands-on meal date back centuries, butit was popularized in 1700s England by John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who ordered beef between slices of bread so that he could eat while continuing to play cards.

Some 250 years later, the humble sandwich has grown to encompass infinite regional variations while serving as the perfect portable repast for our mobile lifestyles. In honor of Tuesday’s National Sandwich Day, here’s a closer look at the many flavors we can pack between pieces of baked goods.

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