EXTRAORDINARY ORIGINS OF EVERYDAY THINGS
by Charles Panati.
For instance, did you know that 'Sausage Stuffing' was invented 3,500 years ago when the Babylonians rammed spiced meat into animal intestines.
"As when a man beside a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted."
Ain't that the truth!
Sausage stuffing, along with anything else that's fun, was banned by the early Roman Catholic Church but as you can see, nowadays even the Pope likes wieners.
However by the Middle Ages, European Butchers were hard at it.
Each area became famous for their wieners' distinct qualities, shape, and size;
Mediterraneans had hard, dry, ones that wouldn't spoil in warm weather,
Scots stuffed theirs in oatmeal,
but the German wieners were thick, soft, and fatty!
By 1852 Butchers in Frankfurter produced a streamlined sausage with a slightly curved shape encased in a thin, transparent, membrane. They called it the Frankfurter, which probably didn't impress the oldtimers who made Wiener (Vienna) Wurst (Sausage).
By the 1880s two immigrants from Frankfurt presented their wieners to America.
They were, and I kid you not,
and Charles Feltman..
who hired an young assistant named
and the guy who started calling them Hot Dogs?
I wonder if future President Palin knows much about wieners?
She's outdoorsy! Sarah probably yanked a few out at Weiner Lake, Alaska, which is even shaped like a wiener. Hopefully she will enlighten us in tonight's debate and regale in old fishing tales of landing a big one in the boat out at Weiner Lake!
LOVE Hot Dogs & Politics
and the Wiener takes it all!