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Aug. 22nd, 2008

09:13 pm - Gloves?!

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Wait a minute, wait a minute, WAAAIT a minute!

OK, you've heard the story about the invention of the hot dog bun, right? Guy at the World's Fair selling hot dogs, and lending his customers gloves so they could hold the hot sausages without burning their hands, but they kept walking off with his gloves, so he bought some rolls from a nearby vendor, sliced them open, and stuck the hot dogs in. I may have some of the details wrong, but you know about that, right?

What I wanna know is... had the STICK not been invented yet? Y'know, as in "[insert name of food]-on-a-stick"?

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From:palabrajot
Date:August 22nd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
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We tried them in Iowa, but the really ravenous eaters came back with pierced necks.
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:August 23rd, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
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But that's TRENDY.
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From:vakkotaur
Date:August 22nd, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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If one goes with the story that it was a quick "Now what?" thing then it might have been that someone ran out of ready, clean sticks. Or if the glove story is true, that no ready, clean sticks were available. Then came the bun to the rescue.
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From:growly
Date:August 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... sounds like an urban legend to me! It's almost the exact same story as the invention of the waffle cone.
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From:nefaria
Date:August 23rd, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
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Yep, the Earl of Sandwich had invented sandwiches long before the World's Fairs, I find it hard to believe that sausage vendors hadn't tried them in buns yet.

I thought the waffle cone was true though, as ice cream was a far more recent invention.
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From:maxgoof
Date:August 23rd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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Yes, the stick had been invented, but because of a class action suit where a few people were getting bark poisoning from eating deep fried toasted marshmallows at a previous World's Fair, nobody wanted to put things on sticks.

This all changed in 1965 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hot dog vendor who had been sued for serving hot dogs on sticks, but the plaintiff had not shown that the stick had bark on it, or that there even was a hot dog underneath the corn bread covering.

True story! Really! It is!
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:August 23rd, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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The story I heard was that the bun vendor was his brother.

So, it's all nepotism, I tells ya! It's a conspiracy to get you to eat hotdogs because of their bunly goodness! Boycott hotdogs! (unless they have Sandwich Spread by Kraft on them. Yummy!)
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From:nefaria
Date:August 23rd, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
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Chicago dogs ftw. Sandwich spread? Ick, hot dogs are fatty enough already!
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From:octan
Date:August 23rd, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
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There's also the story that the guys who invented the ice cream cone ended up teaming up and later ended up inventing the hamburger in a similar manner: they were at another fair selling sausage patty sandwiches, and they ran out of meat so one of them went to buy more, and all they had was ground beef.

Wikipedia seems to support a version of the ice cream cone story, but none of the others. I should write in to Snopes about it.
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From:3catsjackson
Date:August 25th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
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No, fire was actually first invented by cavemen rubbing two biscuits together. Sticks did not come onto the scene until 1943, developed as part of the war effort.
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