Get Your Dachshund Sausages While They’re Red Hot

On a cold April day in 1900, Harry Stevens, who ran the concessions at the New York Polo Grounds, instructed his vendors to yell out the slogan, “They’re red hot. Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot.” Cartoonist Tad Dorgan drew a cartoon depicting dachshund sausages in buns barking at each other. Since he was a poor speller, he didn’t even attempt to write “hot dachshunds.” Instead, he wrote, “hot dogs,” which is the first recorded use of that term.