Here’s an object lesson in how messed up America’s food culture is. A few years back, Chad Ettmueller went to Atlanta’s Which Wich sandwich shop and ordered the Double Wicked, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as “a glorious pile of double portion of beef, bacon, turkey, ham pepperoni, three cheeses and a wad of fixing on a whole wheat bun.”

Bleh.
Bleh.
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He opened up his mouth wide to take a bite.

And he dislocated his jaw a whole inch on both sides. It was stuck for 14 hours.

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That was back in 2010. This month, he was brave enough to appear on video for USA TODAY at the exact same sandwich shop … eating a sandwich. It’s a heartwarming story of triumph over trauma.

He’s much more careful now, he says, taking only “small bites of much smaller sandwiches.” He also tells USA TODAY that “when I yawn I have to put my fist under my jaw to prevent it from dislocating again.”

Ettmueller’s pretty laissez-faire about the whole thing — you can watch him describe the ordeal here — but we’re just going to come out and say it: A sandwich should not permanently injure the person eating it.