Let's be frank - there's no such thing as a 140-year-old hot dog. Officials at the Coney Island History Project are in the dog house for perpetrating the hoax of the ancient wiener. The History Project had put the hot dog on display, saying that it was unearthed during the demolition of the historic Feltman’s Kitchen, which is the site where the first hot dog was made.
The historians claimed the frank was preserved because it was frozen in a hunk of ice. They put it up, bun and all, in a sidewalk display with a sign claiming it was the "1st Hot Dog."
CNN ran with the story, along with New York City's local cable station News 12. But it turns out that the History Project was just pulling a fast one to get publicity for their exhibition of real artifacts from the Feltman’s site, which they are holding this summer.
"The recent discovery by an amateur archaeologist of the ‘140 Year Old Feltman’s Hot Dog’ encased in ice along with a bun, [and] an original receipt from Feltman’s, ... was a publicity stunt in the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo," said Tricia Vita, spokeswoman for the Coney Island History Project.
Vita said, "I was surprised in the beginning at how many people believed it was true," she said. "But after reading all the buzz about it on Twitter and the Internet, I’m not really that surprised because people want to believe these types of things are true."
Wow, I feel like a weenie for believing it.