It’s summer, and we’re hungry. We want to give you all the full, summertime experience, so we’ve been going through all things summer so we can enjoy this heat together. In doing so, we found so many hot dog tattoos, we can’t even fit them all into one post — we’ll instead throw some hot dog facts at you.
1. Those pesky hot dogs come in 10 to a pack for no reason.
You used to buy hot dogs from the butcher. They didn’t come prepackaged, you could buy them linked, like sausages, precisely to the number of people you needed to feed. Some marketing genius in 1940 decided that 10 to a pack made the most sense — regardless of the fact that buns come eight to a pack.
2. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, council) approximates that Americans alone consume 20 billion hot dogs a year.
That’s about 70 hot dogs a year per person. Just hot dogs, not veggie dogs or sausages. A whopping 15% of those purchases are made at street vendors.
3. No one knows the exact origin of the hot dog, thus the jokes about what’s in it.
Sausage is one of the oldest forms of “processed” meat, dating back as early as a mention in Homer’s Odyssey in the 9th Century BC. The debate about when the sausage gave birth to the hot dog still plagues hot dog enthusiasts, but the most traded story is about German butcher Johann Georghehner, the supposed creator of the "dachshund" or "little-dog" sausage, who traveled to Frankfurt-am-Main (hot dogs = frankfurters, remember?), Germany to promote his new sausage product.
4. The relationship between baseball and hot dogs dates back 124 years.
Baseball and hot dogs are as wed as America and apple pie (LINK to Neal’s apple pie article). The joy of a loaded dog at the ballpark is believed to have been started by Chris Von de Ahe, a German immigrant and bar owner who also happened to own the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team. Reports are murky, much like the hot dog’s history, but the proof is in the pudding — according to the beloved Hot Dog Council, 9% of all hot dog purchases a year are made at the ballpark.
5. They might be called hot dogs because of an editorial cartoon.
This one apparently really riles hot dog historians, because the cartoon in question is nowhere to be found. The cartoon rumor says that in 1901 at a Polo Match, vendors were hawking their dachshund sausages, “They’re red hot! Get your red hot dogs!” Tickled, New York Journal sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, doodled a cartoon of barking dachshund dog sausages cuddled up in buns with the phrase "hot dog!" However, the more likely truth is that the dachshund sausage and the dachshund dog came to America around the same time, and just like Germans have named the stout little sausages the same as the dog (or vica versa!), the look and name has stuck.