6-Time Coney Island Hot Dog Champ Kobayashi May Bail On July 4 Eat-Off

6-Time Coney Island Hot Dog Champ Kobayashi May Bail On July 4 Eat-Off

Since July 4, 2001, when Takeru Kobayashi first wowed the crowd at Coney Island by devouring a then-world record 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes, the pint-sized stomach-stuffer has been a dependable fixture at the annual eat-off, winning the competition six times in a row. But after three consecutive losses in subsequent years, a report claims Kobayashi may not choose to compete next weekend. [More]

Redesigned Hot Dog Breaks Apart When Eaten

Redesigned Hot Dog Breaks Apart When Eaten

Just three months after the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a call for a redesigned hot dog that would be safer for small children to eat, Eugene D. Gagliardi, Jr. — the food designer who invented Steak-umms and popcorn chicken — has come forward with a solution. His patented hot dog has eight slits that open during cooking, which cause it to break up into smaller pieces, potentially reducing the likelihood that a child could choke on it. [More]

Which Baseball Fans Eat The Most Hot Dogs?

Which Baseball Fans Eat The Most Hot Dogs?

Baseball season is officially upon us — go Phils — which also mean it’s time for baseball fans to start snarfing down hot dogs. And with 2,430 regular season games to be played over the next few months, the sheer number of hot dogs to be devoured is astounding. [More]

Hot Dog Found At Coney Island May Be 140 Years Old, But Definitely A Hoax

Hot Dog Found At Coney Island May Be 140 Years Old, But Definitely A Hoax

Update: As several readers have pointed out, it’s a Coney Island publicity hoax, which probably explains why CNN yanked the clip.   *   People are calling it the caveman hot dog. Okay, nobody is calling it that. But one person interviewed by CNN News12 Brooklyn said, “That’s unbelievable, finding hot dogs that are 140 years old. That’s crazy, to me it’s crazy.” Another person said, “These things are irreplaceable, they’re priceless. And it’s great that they found it, and that it will be here for generations to come and see and learn.” [More]

Is Your Hot Dog Trying To Kill You?

Is Your Hot Dog Trying To Kill You?

If you’re eating a hot dog, or thinking about eating a hot dog, you may want to know this. The American Academy of Pediatrics thinks your frankfurter is a choking hazard and it should be packaged with a warning label. They also want some brainpower invested in redesigning the tasty treats so as to make them less deadly. [More]

Morningstar Farms Veggie Dogs Disappear, Taking Vegetarians' Dreams With Them

Morningstar Farms Veggie Dogs Disappear, Taking Vegetarians' Dreams With Them

After the Eggo waffle saga, readers implored us to find the whereabouts of another iconic [to vegetarians] American prepared food: the Morningstar Farms veggie dog. The dogs disappeared from stores nationwide sometime in the summer of 2009, but have never returned. [More]

Orioles Park Serves Up Sad Hot Dog, Ignores Pleas For Help

Orioles Park Serves Up Sad Hot Dog, Ignores Pleas For Help

A couple years ago, we wrote about the excellent customer service the Washington Nationals provided to a fan who was unable to get a hot dog. We’re sad to say that such responsiveness and concern do not extend north to Baltimore’s Camden Yards, where we suffered our own tale of hot dog woe this past weekend.

Hot Dog War: Ball Park Franks Sues Oscar Mayer Over Taste Test Claims

Hot Dog War: Ball Park Franks Sues Oscar Mayer Over Taste Test Claims

Sara Lee, maker of Ball Park Franks, has sued Kraft, manufacturer of Oscar Mayer hot dogs over advertising that claimed that the Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks beat Ball Park and ConAgra Foods’ Hebrew National hot dogs in a national taste test. Turns out, it wasn’t that simple.

Vienna "All Beef" Hot Dogs Are Made With Sheep, Pigs

Vienna "All Beef" Hot Dogs Are Made With Sheep, Pigs

Sorry Chicagoans, your beloved Vienna “100% All Beef” hot dogs are actually encased in sheep and pigs, according to a recently settled class action suit. Under the settlement, all class members—anyone in the U.S. who bought a Vienna hot dog at a hot dog stand in the past five years—are entitled to $3 per consumed hog dog. To submit a claim, visit caclawyers.com/viennasettlement.html and follow the procedures listed there.