Back to my favorite story, the Wienermobile. There was a letter to the editor in the Honolulu Advertiser today. Unfortunately, it wasn't from me or any of my friends, so instead of saying how great it was to have a law that banned the Wienermobile, it said the Outdoor Circle came off looking silly to object to the Wienermobile. Here are some highlights:
In the big news of the day the Wienermobile is in violation of state law and could be fined if it comes to Hawaii again, the fine for a first violation is between $200 - $1,000 and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. Hawaii apparently has a law that makes it illegal to promote the sale of wieners due to the innate cruelty involved in their production (slaughtered animals, intestines, all that stuff) and as they are so gross, disgusting and unhealthy, containing cancer causing nitrates and have a very high fat content...
In the Island Life section of the Honolulu Advertiser today there is an article about ribs, how to cook them so they taste great. They had a photo of a "baby back" and then gave some clues on how to pick a good baby back: "Look for baby backs that have good fat marbling and are uniform in size. You should not see any bones popping through the meat." Whoa, whoa, isn't this like a little much? What are people thinking when they are eating someone else's back, especially a baby's? (The photo is of a baby back).
Some people really love their Oscar Mayer Wieners and according to the Wienermobile horn, which plays the Oscar Mayer jingle, some people (who obviously have no consciousness of what they are saying) actually want to be wieners, but I am not sure that too many people love wieners so much that they want the Wienermobile as part of their home as happened to a Wisconsin homeowner last Saturday, July 18, 2009. (These Wienermobiles are generating a lot of interest lately aren't they!)
July 8, 2009: Oscar G Mayer, retired chairman of the Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, has died at the age of 95. He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in Madison. Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company was later sold to General Foods and is now a business unit of Kraft.
In a surprise move Burger King quickly responded to the complaint from the Hindu American Foundation concerning the use of a Hindu Goddess to promote their burgers, apologized, and stated it would cease the advertising campaign. Now if we could only get Burger King to apologize to all the cows they have killed and to all the people whose health they have damaged, and cease its mass cow killing, then maybe we could think that the folks over at Burger King are actually kind of good guys after all. Sensitivity to this situation on their part is a good start.
Trevtheveg made a great post to my story about the Wienermobile (the vehicle that when you press the horn plays a song saying “Oh, I'd love to be an Oscar Mayer wiener. That is what I'd truly like to be”). His post is about how hot dogs are really made and includes some great links to You Tube videos showing some pretty gross stuff, like how all the meat cuts (read cow flesh) is ground up and literally turned into something that looks like a meat smoothie (gross).
Trevtheveg says "This three minute video from National Geographic will keep or make you a vegetarian for life!
While we are talking about the Wienermobile, another event that glorifies hot dogs is the July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is considered a "colorful tradition of Independence Day". Now this is a good one, let's hold a contest to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes! Great idea! This year's winner ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Wow!!! What a tremendous accomplishment!!! Way to go Joey Chestnut (the photo is of Joey, the champion eater of brains, blood, fat, scraps and intestines).
On the wienermobile blog site they invite you to "Submit an essay in 100 words or less that details your favorite hot dog memory and your or another family member’s favorite toppings". If you submit the best entry you get to win a "Labor Day Grill-Out" (this is not quite the same thing as getting to buy great vegetarian products at Down to Earth's 30% Guiltless Grilling Sale that we had last week).
A 100 word essay from a cow that is going to be turned into a wiener might go something like this:
If you have been following my blogposts about the Wienermobile and want to see what it is all about watch this video (video removed). This is one of the most successful efforts I have seen or could imagine that converts the brutal reality of a product, i.e., slaughtered pig and cow body parts, organs, blood, fat, and other miscellaneous scraps - neatly packaged in intestines - into innocent fun for kids and adults who like cool cars!