National Hot Dog Day

Five Food Finds about Hot Dogs

  • It is estimated that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a baseball game in New York in 1901, vendors began selling hot dachsund sausages in rolls.
  • The most popular condiment for adults is mustard, while children prefer ketchup.
  • The first words Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” in “The Karnival Kid” in 1929.
  • The average American is believed to eat approximately 60 hot dogs every year.

Today’s Food History

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1859 Thomas Nuttall died. An English naturalist and botanist, he collected and studied plants around the Chesapeake Bay area in the U.S.

1898 Waldo Lonsbury Semon was born. Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl. Vinyl is the 2nd most used plastic in the world. Semon held over 100 patents.

1913 The official route of the Lincoln Highway was announced. It was the first coast to coast highway, running from New York to San Francisco.

1949 Barriemore Barlow of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.

2001 The first case of mad-cow disease in Asian animals was reported in a dairy cow in Japan.