The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s DKY facts we will look at Hot Dogs.

The Fact: Over 16 billion Hot Dogs are eaten by Americans per year.

Nathan Handwerker started his own Coney Island boardwalk business in 1916 (‘Nathan’s’) to sell hot dogs for a nickel. Reportedly this was on the advice of a singing waiter and his piano player, Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI of England during his 1939 visit to the United States.

The world record for eating hot dogs is 68 Nathan’s hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Joey Chestnut (2009).