Question: How'd the hot dog get its strange name?
Answer: The hot dog was originally called "frankfurter" after Frankfurt,
Germany, its birthplace. But from the beginning people called it "dachshund sausage," because it looked like the long, thin dog.
In the US, the German sausage was especially popular with New York baseball fans, who bought the newfangled sandwich from vendors who sold them by yelling, "Get your dachshund sausages while they're
Ted Dorgan, a leading cartoonist, thought these vendors were so comical, that he decided to lampoon them. In his cartoon, they were shown selling REAL dachshund dogs in a roll, yelling "Get your hot dogs!" at each other. The name stuck, and the rest is history.
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