National Hot Dog Month / National Etch-A-Sketch Day

National Hot Dog Month

July 12

The word “frankfurter” comes from Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages similar to hot dogs originated. A German immigrant named Feuchtwanger brought the frankfurter to the America Midwest where his wife, in 1880, suggested it should be put on a bun. According to one story, the use of the complete phrase hot dog in reference to sausage was coined by a newspaper cartoonist in 1900. People in Los Angeles consume the most hot dogs per year. According to date for the year 2019, 871.8 million pounds of hot dogs were sold at retain stores in the U.S.

National Etch-A-Sketch Day

July 12

The Mental Floss website asserts was showcased at the 1959 Nuremberg Toy Fair, but toy companies didn’t want to pay a steep fee for the rights. Eventually, Ohio Art reconsidered and acquired the invention. Production of the Etch A Sketch began on July 12, 1960. America soon caught wind of the toy thanks to a televised marketed campaign featuring a little girl named Pernella who hides underneath a basket with her Etch A Sketch because everyone wants to play with it. She eventually emerges and announces that her favorite toy “is magic!” The ads were such a hit that, come holiday season, Ohio Art was hard-pressed to fill orders. According to CNBC, more than 100 million Etch A Sketches have been sold since its introduction in 1960.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

George Washington Carver – Agricultural Scientist – born in Newton County, Missouri

Henry David Thoreau– Essayist – Concord, Massachusetts


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