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Americans will eat 24.2 million Hot Dogs in major league ballparks -- that's enough to stretch coast-to-coast from Dodgers' Stadium in Los Angeles to Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Travelers passing through Chicago's O'Hare airport purchase 2 million Hot Dogs each year according to restaurant and concession stand reports. This makes O'hare the biggest Hot Dog seller in the United States.
• Actor Bruce Willis proposed to Demi Moore at Pink's Hot Dog stand in Hollywood, California.
• Americans typically consume 7 billion Hot Dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
• On the Fourth of July, Americans will enjoy 150 million Hot Dogs!
• On every Independence Day since 1916, at its original Coney Island hot dog stand, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has celebrated this iconic American food.
• The United States Chamber of Commerce officially designated July as National Hot Dog Month in 1957, and the tradition has been going strong ever since.
• July 20th has been declared National Hot Dog Day.
• Every second of every day, 450 Hot Dogs are eaten in the United States.
• Nearly one-third of all Americans eat Hot Dogs one to three times per month.
• Sixty percent of Americans prefer their Hot Dogs grilled.
• Twenty one percent prefer their Hot Dogs boiled.
• The world's longest hot dog was 1,996 feet, made in honor of the 1996 Olympics.
• People who cook Hot Dogs tend to be women, 25 to 44 years old, married with school-age children.
Hot Dog Etiquette
If you think eating Hot Dogs is all about slapping a wiener on a bun, you're in for a surprise. If you're going to dine on dogs properly, you'll need these do's and don'ts from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
• Put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always "dress the dog," not the bun.
• Leave bits of bun on your plate. Eat it all.
• Use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18.
• Use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.
• Put fresh herbs on the same plate with hot dogs. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.
• Bring wine to a hot dog barbecue. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable.
• Send a thank you note following a hot dog barbecue. It would not be in keeping with the unpretentious nature of hot dogs.
• Ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.
• Apply condiments in the following order: wet condiments such as mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments such as relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.
• Serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs. Sun-dried tomato buns or basil buns are considered gauche with franks.
• Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.
• Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.
• Use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable. China is a no-no.
At the Movies
"How can I trust a man who won't eat a good old-fashioned American hot dog?". --From the movie S.W.A.T. starring Samuel L Jackson.
"Nobody, but nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog anymore!". --From Sudden Impact.
"You look like the Fourth of July! Makes me want a hot dog real bad!" --From Legally Blonde.
"I can't forget it. I am sorry. I had no idea it was your cab. Let me make it up to you. How about a nice hot dog and a beer." --From Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
"Eat the hot dog, don't be one!". --From Steel.
"I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don't need rather than make a stink." --From Father of the Bride.