Need Mustard with your hot dog? Try the wienermobile

Susan Frissell
Publisher, WWW

There can’t possibly be anyone who doesn’t like a hot dog now and then. And for those who really, really like hotdogs, here is a trivia quiz to test your knowledge about one of American’s favorite foods.

As you’ll soon learn from the following trivia answers, hot dogs are well-loved. It’s estimated Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. That’s enough wieners to reach to the moon and back four times. Even Babe Ruth, the great ball player, ate 12 hot dogs between games, of a scheduled double-header, chased by eight bottles of pop.

See what you know about one of America’s favorite foods:

1) On what national television shows has the Wienermobile appeared:
2) In how many movies has the Wienermobile co-starred?
3) What did New York Polo Grounds hawkers call ‘hot dogs’?
4) Who wrote the wiener jingle for Oscar Mayer?
5) What city’s citizens prefer their hot dogs topped with sauerkraut and swiss cheese?
6) Where and when did the first Wiernermobile cruise the streets?
7) How much did Wiener Whistles cost at the 1965 New York World’s Fair?
8) What was the chef’s name who handed out Wiener Whistles to children from his Wienermobile?
9) Who took a Wienermobile for a test lap at the 1988 Indy 500?
10) Where and when were hot dogs first served in buns?
11) Which symphony orchestra recorded the familiar ditty: “I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener?”
12) Where was the first hot dog created?
13) Which three presidents served hot dogs at an official White House function?
14) How many hot dogs will Americans eat in major league ball parks during a season?
15) How many hot dogs will Americans eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day?
16) What were some of the vanity plates used on the Wienermobile?
17) What are the Wienermobile drivers called?

A big part of promoting the hot dog is the traveling Wienermobile. By logging on to Kraft Foods web site, you can find out just where the Wienermobile can be seen. Each year the Wienermobile travels about 1,000 miles per week, or about 50,000 miles per year. If you’re lucky enough to spy it cruising the neighborhood, be sure and get on board.

In 2004, the updated Wienermobile included voice-activated GPS navigation audio center with wireless microphone, a horn that plays the wiener jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap to Bossa Nova! Of course, it includes better gas mileage! Over the years, the Wienermobile’s chassis was a Dodge, and during the 1950s, a Willys Jeep chassis.

Answers:
1) The old Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Late Night with David Letterman, CNN Headline News, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder and “Love Connection.”
2) Two “Ladybugs” starring Rodney Dangerfield, and “Another You,” starring Richard Pryer and Gene Wilder.
3) Dachshund sausages, renowned sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan couldn’t spell dachshund so he wrote ‘hot dog.’ The name stuck.
4) Richard Trentlage in 1953.
5) Kansas City.
6) Chicago, 1936.
7) Two cents, and they were sold in vending machines.
8) Little Oscar.
9) Al Unser, Jr., topped off at a speed of 110 mph.
10) 1904 St. Louis Exposition-the concessionaire had been giving customers white gloves to protect their hands from the steaming wieners, but they kept disappearing.
11) The Berlin Symphony Orchestra-as well as a teenage rock band, a string ensemble and a Nashville country western group.
12 )Frankfurt, Germany, hence the name “frankfurter.”
13) Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. Jimmy Carter in 1977 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.
14) Hotdog and sausage consumption at major league ball parks in the U.S. in 2016 was 19.4 million; the most at San Francisco Giants park (475,000), followed by St. Louis Cardinals (400,000), Boston Red Sox (377,00).
15) More than 7 billion-enough to circle the globe 15 times. And, 2 billion in July, National Hot Dog Month.
16) Yummy, Our dog, big bun, lil link, oh I wish, weenr, wnrmble, bologna, relshme, oscrmyr.
17) “Hotdoggers.” And they hand out toy wiener whistles!

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