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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rules on Whether a Hot Dog Is a Sandwich

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The ‘hot dog vs. sandwich’ debate is finally over thanks to RBG

The internet is barely stepping away from this week’s hot debate about whether Uncrustables are ravioli, and none other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg decided to weigh in on another controversial topic: whether hot dogs can be considered sandwiches.

Ginsburg invited Stephen Colbert and The Late Show to Washington, D.C., to try her reportedly super-hard workout, but before they started pumping iron, Colbert wanted to settle one of the “most divisive issues facing our country.”

“Is a hot dog a sandwich?” he asked.

The back and forth is worth watching, as Ginsburg puts the responsibility of the question back on Colbert.

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“You tell me what a sandwich is, and then I'll tell you if a hot dog is a sandwich,” she retorts.

“A sandwich is two pieces of bread with almost any type of filling in between, as long as it’s not more bread,” Colbert described.

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“You say two pieces of bread — does that include a roll that’s cut open but still not completely?” Yeesh, is it getting warm in here? This interrogation is heating up.

“A sub is not split and yet it is a sandwich,” Colbert says.

“Yes,” Ginsburg agrees.

“So then hot dog is a sandwich?” Colbert asks.

Ginsburg: “On your definition, yes it is.”

Boom. Played like only The Notorious RBG could play.

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A few other fabulous tidbits from the clip? Justice Ginsburg’s workout music of choice is heart-pumping opera music, and she likes to tell people that she and The Notorious B.I.G. aren’t as different as people might think.

“We have one thing clear in common, and that is that we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York,” she said.

Watch the whole clip below.

All praise RBG.

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