July 20, is National Hot Dog Day! Since I'm half nerd - half foodie, here are 10 interesting facts about the hot dog!

  • During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans consume roughly 7 billion hot dogs!
  • Almost 65% of Americans prefer their hot dogs grilled.
  • Most Americans prefer mustard on their dog, followed by ketchup and chili.
  • According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, (That's a real council) ketchup on a hot dog should not be eaten by anyone over the age of 18. C'mon...Really???
  • Carl’s Jr started as a hot dog cart in July of 1941.
  • Hot Dogs were first sold at baseball games in 1893.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George and Queen Elizabeth. The king ate two.
  • 72% of Americans admit they have no idea what's actually in a hot dog.
  • Finally.. the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says a hot dog is NOT a sandwich.
  • Two guys in Idaho recently broke the record for hot dog throwing. Russell Phillips threw a hot dog 167 feet and 5 inches -- where David Rush caught it in a bun, breaking the old Guinness record by more than 10 feet. How far can you toss your wiener?
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