What's more American than a good old-fashioned hot dog? Find out how much you know about this summer favorite with our hot dog quiz. Pass the mustard and let's get started.
When it first came to the United States, the hot dog was also known as what?
The hot dog, which was invented in Frankfurt, Germany, was also called a dachshund sausage. Where did this name come from? According to one story, a butcher coaxed his frankfurters into a curved shape resembling his prized dachshund.
Reportedly, the first hot dogs sold in Coney Island were sold by which of these men?
Charles Feltman, a German butcher, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand in 1867 in Brooklyn, New York. Later, his employee Nathan Handwerker quit and formed his own hot dog business, Nathan’s Famous.
Which U.S. president served hot dogs to the King of England during his visit to New York?
Wanting to serve his guests something quintessentially American during their visit to the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt put hot dogs on the menu for a picnic at his Hyde Park estate. Legend has it King George VI ate two.
What “it girl” of the silent film era was discovered while working at Nathan’s hot dog stand in Coney Island?
Around 1916, the owner of Nathan’s, Nathan Handwerker, hired a redheaded teenaged girl named Clara Bowtinelli to help serve customers. A few years later, she found fame as a silent film star under the name Clara Bow.
"Cachorro quente” means “hot dog” in what language?
In Portugal, a hot dog is called a “cachorro quente.”
Travelers to which United States airport consume the most hot dogs each year?
Visitors to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport consume six times more hot dogs than visitors to LAX and New York's LaGuardia airport combined. At O'Hare, 725,000 hot dogs are consumed per year.
Americans eat about how many hot dogs each Fourth of July?
Each Independence Day, Americans chow down on 150 million hot dogs. That's enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles -- five times.
According to legend, which athlete once ate 24 hot dogs between games during a double header?
Who else would have enough intestinal fortitude to eat two dozen hot dogs between games but the one and only Babe Ruth?
What "style" of hot dog includes the following: yellow mustard, green relish, chopped raw onion, tomato slices and celery salt?
A Chicago-style hot dog includes neon green relish, tomato slices, and is served on a poppyseed bun.
Which New York landmark is also the most expensive place to sell hot dogs?
Vendor Thomas Makkos pays more than $415,000 a year for his spot in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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