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    I recently read that the term 'hot dog' came from the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. Apparently, there was a rumour that some of the performers there ate dog, and that local dogs had disappeared, so the vendors started calling...

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    hot dog - "sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat.

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    Here is another story. The hot dog was called the frankfurter in its home country Germany. It was named after Frankfurt, a German city. Frankfurters were first sold in the united states in the 1860s, where people called them "dachshund sausages". A dachshund is a dog from Germany with a very long body and short legs. One day in 1906 a newspaper cartoonist named Tad Dorgan went to a baseball game. When he saw the men with the dachshund sausages, he got an idea for a cartoon. The next day at the newspaper office he drew a bun with a dachshund inside--not a dachshund sausage, but a dachshund. he didn't know how to spell dachshund. Under the cartoon, he wrote "Get you hot dogs!" The cartoon was a senstion, and so was the new name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooler
    Here is another story. The hot dog was called the frankfurter in its home country Germany. It was named after Frankfurt, a German city. Frankfurters were first sold in the united states in the 1860s, where people called them "dachshund sausages". A dachshund is a dog from Germany with a very long body and short legs. One day in 1906 a newspaper cartoonist named Tad Dorgan went to a baseball game. When he saw the men with the dachshund sausages, he got an idea for a cartoon. The next day at the newspaper office he drew a bun with a dachshund inside--not a dachshund sausage, but a dachshund. he didn't know how to spell dachshund. Under the cartoon, he wrote "Get you hot dogs!" The cartoon was a senstion, and so was the new name.
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    Is nothing in America sacred?

    Check out the etymology for hamburger. :D :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Is nothing in America sacred?

    Check out the etymology for hamburger. :D :wink:
    You mean they are too commercial, right? :wink:

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    [quote

    Is nothing in America sacred?

    Check out the etymology for hamburger. :D :wink:[/quote]

    I am afraid not. What makes this even more scary - check the ingredients list of a hot dog and your powder compact.

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    This site sugests the term was coined in 1901:
    http://www.snopes.com/language/stories/hotdog.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
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    Is nothing in America sacred?

    Check out the etymology for hamburger. :D :wink:
    I am afraid not. What makes this even more scary - check the ingredients list of a hot dog and your powder compact.[/quote]

    Try this if you want a fright:
    http://www.burgerking.com/Food/Nutri...gredients.aspx

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