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Yesterday, July 19, was National Hot Dog Day - a day to celebrate all things hot dog! Hot dogs have a long and worldly history. Sausages, the tasty focal point of the hot dog, were first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey in the 9th century BC, making sausages one of the oldest processed foods. In the 13th century AD, frankfurters were served at the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor. Learn more about the history of hot dogs. Today, hot dogs are ubiquitous all over the US, Germany, and the world.

If you're more interested in modern day hot dogs, brush up on your hot dog preparation skills by learning the parts and categories of a sausage. Or, if you're taking a trip to Germany soon, check out the German words for different types of sausages. Happy eating!

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