This Hot Dog Couch is surprisingly expensive

Neiman Marcus sells a hot dog couch for $7,100 plus shipping. Read the rest

Oscar Mayer intros a hot dog ice cream sandwich to mock French's mustard ice cream

Things are getting weird in the world of ice cream. First, French's created mustard-flavored ice cream for National Mustard Day. Then, in response to that, Oscar Mayer created the "Ice Dog Sandwich".

Fast Company:

Oscar Mayer, which is waging a Twitter war with French’s as we speak, teamed up with New York City-based Il Laboratorio Del Gelato to corrupt some perfectly good gelato with real bits of candied Oscar Mayer hot dogs, swirled with spicy Dijon Gelato, and “hot dog sweet cream,” a phrase that cannot be typed without gagging.

That unholy combination will be smooshed into hot dog shape, served on a cookie bun, and dubbed the Ice Dog Sandwich to mark the definitely not-made-up holiday of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, aka August 2. That faux holiday is no excuse for this behavior, Oscar Mayer. The hot dog-flavored ice cream sandwiches will be bestowed upon the unlucky people of New York the week of August 12...

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Would you buy a $28 bottle of "unfiltered Hot Dog Water"? Some people in Canada did

What's in the water in one Canadian city? Uncooked hot dogs, apparently.

Last weekend, a reality-hacking hero offered bottles of unfiltered, "keto-compatible" "Hot Dog Water" at a Vancouver street festival for CAN$37.99 (~US$28) a pop. The vendor, performance artist/"foodie-troller" Douglas Bevans, claimed his special water (which included a real hot dog inside each bottle) had health benefits.

"Several" people "bought-and-consumed" his expensive meat water though his hilarious venture didn't turn a profit, according to the blog Vancouver is Awesome. The blog also shared Bevans' reason for selling it in the first place, which appeared at the bottom of the health claim:

If you get all the way to the fine print, you’ll find this: “HOT DOG WATER IN ITS ABSURDITY HOPES TO ENCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING RELATED TO PRODUCT MARKETING AND THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE IT CAN PLAY IN OUR PURCHASING CHOICES.”

Bravo, well done!

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The best booth at Car Free Day. Someone was doing a food trolling booth featuring hot dog flavoured water. It's a joke but people thought that it was real. The guy at the booth said that we were the first to immediately realize that this was foodie trolling. #CarFreeDayVancouver #CarFreeDay #carfreedaymainst

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$80K in donations for hot dog vendor after cop takes money during bust

While attending a Cal Berkeley football game, Martin Flores witnessed a cop shutting down an unlicensed street vendor, taking cash from his wallet and citing him. Read the rest

Football coach placed own penis in hot dog bun, say teens

Jim Sharkey, a high school football coach in Spokane, was suspended February after reportedly showing his penis to students. The Spokesman-Review reports that the incident occurred last summer at a leadership camp.

A couple of weeks after the camp, a Ferris player came forward and said that while Sharkey was grilling, he turned with his exposed penis inside a hot dog bun. Sharkey said, “You think that is a big dog – take a look at this,” according to school records that listed multiple different versions of the same quote.

While the coach got a written reprimand and was allowed to coach this past fall, school officials placed him on administrative leave Feb. 1 after more players claimed to have seen the hot dog incident and other students brought up separate incidents of questionable behavior by the 11-year teacher and coach.

Sharkey says the allegations are false and will fight to keep his dream job. [via Deadspin] Read the rest

Mousetrap vs. hot dog

If you ever doubted the ability of a simple mousetrap to rid your household of pesky hot dogs...

(via Cliff Pickover)

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Not too late to host a "Weeny Witch" Halloween party tonight!

For several decades, the company behind the Skinless brand of hot dogs tried very hard to make "Weeny Witch" parties a thing. Unfortunately it didn't catch on, but perhaps the time is finally right. More information over at Weird Universe, including rules for a delightful party game called "Feeding the Weeny Witch."

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How many dogs does it take to beat the hot dog eating champ?

For eight years in a row 31-year-old Joey Chestnut was the champ of Nathan's Famous annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York. But yesterday he was out-gorged. Gobbling 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Matt Stonie, a.k.a. Megatoad, de-throned Chestnut by 2 dogs. And this wasn't a fluke – Megatoad is a competitive eater who turns eating into a sport.

“We don’t just go up there and eat hot dogs. We practice for this. We prepare our bodies,” Stonie said after winning. “It was a tough contest. Joey brings it all. I had to push really hard to beat him. But I feel great.”

Nathan's Famous has been throwing this contest on Independence Day for over 40 years, and the event draws a crowd of thousands. Read the rest

Watch an excavator prepare a hot dog

According to this commercial, Europe's Statoil filling stations are selling delicious-looking hotdogs. Unfortunately, I doubt they are all made with excavators. (video link)

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Here’s a chart of hot dogs around the world

Food Republic celebrates the true diversity of the hot dog with this style guide to wieners around the world. Read the rest