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20081201-mitosis1.jpgA little while back, Ed came into the office with a Carnegie Deli pastrami sandwich and a plan. He wanted to see how many normal-sized sandwiches (still healthy portions) he could make from the usual serving size. At $14.95 a pop, the meaty monster is five inches tall. It's the snake jaw of sandwiches, to steal Adam's line for a hamburger so fat, you need a snake's hinged jaw to take a bite.

We pretended this sandwich was a mother cell to be divvied into daughter cells, full of pastrami chromosomes. The results of the edible mitotic cycle, after the jump.

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The mother cell.

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Four daughter cells—we thought it was over. Oh, but it wasn't.

20081201-pastramitower.jpgIf you guessed five normal-sized sandwiches, you win. Each was one-inch tall—still plenty enough meat for an individual meal. And one that won't end in severe intestinal pains.

So, the next time you want a meal for five, try one pastrami sandwich at Carnegie Deli with an extra loaf of rye.

Carnegie Deli

854 7th Ave, New York NY 10019 (at 55th Street; map)
212-757-2245

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