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Who Invented the Hot Dog?

Hot dogs or frankfurters are said to have originated in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany around 1484. Some claim it originated in Coburg, Germany and was created by butcher Johann Georghehner in the 1600, and Vienna also claims to be the origin.

In 1904, the hot dog was introduced to America at the St. Louis World's Fair. That same year, George J. French introduced his French's mustard. In 1916, Nathan Handwerker started his own Coney Island boardwalk business, 'Nathan's', to sell hot dogs for a nickel. This has become an America tradition at ball parks and picnics.

In fact, Americans eat more than 16 billion hot dogs each year. American eat about 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July (about 2 billion for the whole month of July). (2004). President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI of England during his 1939 visit to the United States.

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