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Wacky Canadians now have their own rules for hot dogs



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Canadians! They are as crazy as they are with their universal health care and tolerant society. They have a reputation so nice! (A famous joke: why Canadians do not have group sex? Too many thank you notes to write later.) As someone who grew up in Toronto, I can confirm many of these stereotypes. I did not know, however, that the Canadians apparently have a set of rules for hot dogs.

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Sure, some would say that Canadians do not really have hot dog rules, and this "Canadian Hot Dog Etiquette" is actually a marketing gimmick led by a Canadian sausage company that is trying to get publicity. And you would be right.

Nevertheless, there are some interesting insights about the rules of engaging Canadian hot dogs that you may not know. According to this PDF:

  • The sauce and cheese curd are acceptable additives. This refers to poutine, a dish that is venerated as a Canadian, is not something that most Canadians actually consume with frequency. It's a bit like a pizza with deep dishes for Chicago residents – served mainly to tourists who want to prove on Instagram that they have visited Canada. However, in the context of a hot dog, this is a great idea: perhaps the rest of the world should consider adding sauce and curd on a hot dog.
  • You can eat hot dogs in Canada wearing gloves. Okay, I suppose it's a confirmation that Canada is getting cold.
  • Ketchup on hot dogs is fine. The authors wrongly write that "While many Americans are avoiding ketchup on hot dogs". This is a blatant American misunderstanding – it's mainly Chicago and it's a stupid provincial thing.
  • Hot dogs are no sandwich. Well, many notable people (though he's not Canadians) will definitely not agree with you.

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