Who knew! National Hot Dog Day is July 23 and as you probably gathered there are many events that revolve around eating Hot Dogs and participating in Weiner Dog Races. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council in the USA, who designated July as National Hot Dog Month and July 23 as National Hot Dog Day encourage, sponsor, and support the events. They in turn donate to charities. The council also gives advice on hot-dog eating etiquette which aren’t considered strict. (Wikipedia)
As members of the optical community we are honoring this Great American Food, by showing you that anything can be made into sunglasses, including these very funny Hot Dog Sunglasses via Nasty Gal
Where did Hot Dogs Evolve From: According to Yahoo Answers: In 1852, the butcher’s guild in Frankfurt-am-Main created a smoked, spiced sausage in a thin casing, dubbed a “little-dog” or “dachshund sausage” for its obvious resemblance to the low-riding German dog. Its other popular name was, of course, the frankfurter. Wiener comes from a similar sausage made in Vienna. Unlike the usual wursts, dachshund sausages were usually sold with bread.
In 1871, an immigrant German butcher opened the proto-hot dog stand at Coney Island, selling the dachshund sausages wrapped in a milk roll. By 1893, the portable meat-tubes were already a regular accompaniment to baseball games and other sporting events.
The popular legend on the etymology of hot dog holds that a cartoonist named T.A. “Tad” Dorgan attended a polo match in New York in 1901 where vendors roamed the aisles imploring patrons to “get your red-hot dachshund sausages.” Enchanted, Dorgan drew a smiling dachshund nestled in a long bun, but couldn’t spell dachshund, so he captioned it “hot dog!” and thus the food got its name. Charming, but untrue.
The real source of hot dog: Like so many unpleasant things in America, it came from Yale. The term had been recorded there as early as 1894 as a sarcastic description of the dubiously composed sausages that vendors peddled from “dog wagons” near the dorms.