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How the Hot Dog Got Its Name

The hot dog was originally called “frankfurter” after Frankfurt, Germany, but in America, people called it “dachshund sausage.” Cartoonist Thomas Aloysius “TAD” Dorgan thought these vendors were so comical that he lampooned them. In his cartoon, they were shown selling real dachshunds in a roll, yelling, “Get your hot dogs!” And the name stuck.


The RCA dog, the one listening to his master’s voice, is named Nipper.


Herbert Hoover once issued an order forbidding his White House staff from petting his dog, King Tut.


Researchers from the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Budapest, Hungary, say that dogs can remember and recall events from the past, even if those events didn’t hold any particular importance at the time they occurred.


The dog whistle was invented in 1876 by Francis Galton. Their frequency is within the range of 23 to 54 kHz, which is above that of human hearing.


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