The Quiznos chain of sandwich shops introduced a “bullet” sandwich in July 2009. A “bullet” is smaller than a Quiznos “torpedo” sandwich.
An editorial cartoon in 1974 referred to a “bullet sandwich” as a small sandwich, with a consumer “biting the bullet” (i.e., accepting a difficult choice). Various restaurants had offered versions of “bullet sandwiches,” but the “bullet” name was rare before the Quiznos use in 2009. A “bullet sandwich”—like a “knuckle sandwich” in a fistfight—has also meant a hail of bullets.
Wikipedia: Bite the bullet
To “bite the bullet” is to accept the consequences of a hard choice. It is derived historically from the practice of having a patient clench a bullet in his or her teeth as a way to cope with the extreme pain of a surgical procedure without anesthetic.
In philosophy, a major goal is to always sustain a consistent set of beliefs using sound reasoning. Often this will involve accepting a belief that is a disturbing truth. It may be disturbing because it is counterintuitive or has other disturbing consequences. Given a philosopher’s previously held beliefs he or she may have to bite the bullet by accepting a particular claim offered as an extreme case or counterexample.
1 November 1974, Muscatine (IA) Daily Journal, pg. 4, col. 3 editorial cartoon (by Bill Sanders, Milwaukee Journal; see Google Books):
“How’s that bullet sandwich kid?”
("Sugar profts” and “Oil profits” are large sandwiches, eaten by two large people. A “Consumer” eats a small sandwich and “bites the bullet”—ed.)
Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 19:37:10 GMT
Local: Thurs, Mar 10 2005 2:37 pm
Subject: Re: Ground Beef HMMM
There was a bar/restaurant that had a bullet sandwich it consisted of:
A square fresh ground beef patty (the place was a very good steak house)
layer of Ortega Chilies
Google Groups: alt.politics
Date: 30 Jan 2007 20:21:43 -0800
Local: Tues, Jan 30 2007 11:21 pm
Subject: Americans tuck into BULLET Sandwiches
They just keep eating bullet sandwiches.
QUIZNOS RIVALS FAST FOOD WITH LAUNCH OF NEW $3 TOASTY BULLET SANDWICH
Survey reveals consumers want value for lunch – even if it means becoming a fridge thief
Release date: July 17, 2009
July 13, 2009, Denver, CO – Exactly how far will consumers go for a free lunch? Quite far, actually: According to an Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted for Quiznos, more than three-quarters of Americans are willing to make sacrifices for a freebie. Some are even willing to commit “refrigerator theft,” with one in every seven Americans admitting to having taken a coworker’s lunch out of the refrigerator.
More than half of respondents would attend an in-law’s retirement party or a business meeting, while nearly one in five said they would go on a blind date, if it meant a gratis meal. There is, however, a limit to what people will do for a lunch treat – a mere 7 percent would be willing to sit through a time-share sales pitch.
Quiznos, pioneer of the toasted sandwich and one of the nation’s premier restaurant chains for sandwiches, salads and soups, is helping Americans fire a shot at pricey lunches with the launch of the new Toasty Bullet® sub. Priced at just $3, the Toasty Bullet sub is a real “steal,” bolstering Quiznos Everyday Value Menu of delicious offerings that are available for $5 or less, including select large subs, Toasty Torpedoes and Sammies.
Like its Toasty Torpedo sibling, the Toasty Bullet sub is inspired by the famous Italian and French baguette sandwiches served in Europe.
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