Thursday, November 10, 2005

** History 101 : Lesson 1 **

*scratches Wednesday off the calender*
Ahhhh... Another day closer to the weekend....


It's been an ok week.
Work-work-work as usual....
..... I was hit by a very sudden (and very messy) 24 hour flu bug on Monday morning.
(strange, was feeling fine that morning and then, the moment I step in the office, I start sneezing violently)
(I think it's my body telling me it didn't want to go back to work after the long weekend)

..... Thankfully though, I haven't been working past midnight at all this week, so at least I am able to get about 6 hours of sleep a night.
(Hey, you gotta look at the cup as half full right?)
(Besides, sleep deprivation is terrible! Been there, done that... and hope not to do it again anytime soon)

Anyway kids, today I'm trying something new....

Presenting: History 101! A segment of obscure and sometimes pointless information!

*cue dramatic music*

And the first entry for this segment...

:::::::::::::: The Hot Dog ::::::::::::::

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A hot dog is the term for either a type of sausage or, alternatively, a sandwich with the bun and sausage. Hot Dogs are also called frankfurters/franks (named after the city of Frankfurt, Germany), a wiener (named after the city of Vienna, Austria), or sarcastically as tube steaks (illustrating that hot dogs are typically among the cheapest meat products one can obtain).

The invention of the hot dog, like the hamburger and ice cream cone, is often attributed to the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. However, similar sausages were made and consumed in Europe, particularly in Germany, as early as 1864, and the earliest example of a hot dog bun dates to New York City in the 1860s. The hot dog's association with baseball also predates the 1904 Exposition. St. Louis Browns owner Chris von der Ahe sold them at his ballpark in the 1880s.

Hot dogs were frequently known as frankfurters or franks until World War I, when the name was changed due to anti-German sentiment (see freedom fries). After the war the original name returned to common usage.

In 2001 the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council stated that others assert the hotdog was created in the late 1600's by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Germany. Others have also been "acknowledged" for supposedly inventing the hot dog. Charles Feltman and Antonoine Feuchtwanger are among this group.

Hot dogs are the most widely consumed form of sausage in America.... In Toronto, Canada, hotdogs are the only kind of street food allowed by law .....
Takeru Kobayashi is the world's fastest hot dog eater. On July 4, 2004 he set a new record when he ate 53.5 in 12 minutes, defending his title for the 4th year at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (USA)

National Hot Dog Day - 23 July 2005 (USA)

That's all for this time, folks.


Join me again next time for another round of History 101!

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