I have heard that July is National Hot Dog Month. I guess that makes sense when you think about it; hot dogs always taste better on the grill and when do you do the most grilling? In the summer time.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, [apparently there is such a thing; who knew?] ”…Americans will be consuming hot dogs in record numbers this summer. Over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day…. “
And did you know that every year Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each? That’s a lot of dogs. I guess it’s time we learn a bit more about them so here we go with a few fun facts about the good old all American hot dog:
- The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls. From the press box, Dorgan could hear the vendors yelling, “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” He sketched a cartoon depicting the scene but wasn’t sure how to spell “dachshund” so he called them simply, “hot dogs.” And the rest is history.
- For adults, mustard is the condiment of choice, while children prefer ketchup. Preferences do change from region to region; hot dogs in New York are generally served with a lighter mustard and steamed onions, while Chicago hot dogs can come with mustard, relish, onions, tomato slices, or pretty much anything at all.
- The world’s biggest hot dog was 1,996 feet long and was created by Sara Lee Corp in honor of the 1996 Olympics.
- The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites.
- The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that baseball fans will consume 20,421,361 hot dogs over the course of the 2013 season.
- Hot dogs are one of NASA’s approved space foods. This means that astronauts have taken hot dogs into space. They have been on Apollo moon flights and Skylab missions.
And one more fun fact about hot dogs:
- If you are in need of a hot dog photo for your blog or newsletter, or just to decorate your kitchen or diner, you can find a few at KKHPhotos.com in the Food Photography gallery!
The images from the public galleries over at KKHPhotos.com are available as prints in a wide assortment of sizes, canvas gallery wraps, standout displays, fotoflōts, photo greeting cards, and postage stamps. They are also available in a wide range of gift items; aluminum bookmarks, coasters, tempered glass cutting boards, keychains, magnets, mousepads, and much more! You can even do your own thing with my photos when you purchase them as digital download stock photos for personal or web use.