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A ‘kinder’ type of hot dog

Seventeen percent of all food-related asphyxiations involve hot dogs. But food inventor Gene Gagliardi has a solution, reports SlashFood. Gagliardi, the creator of KFC’s Popcorn Chicken, invented the Kinder Cut Hot Dog cutting machine, which cuts eight slits down the outside of the hot dog.

The result: smaller pieces and, hopefully, fewer choking hazards. Gagliardi hopes that the Kinder Cut will become a household name, so keep an eye out for this device in ballparks and street vendor carts near you.

Weinermobile for auction

If hot dog fans feel at all put out about Gagliardi’s redesign of their favorite food, they need not fear: Oscar Mayer is offering them a once in a lifetime opportunity.

According to a press release, the company is auctioning off a chance to drive the Wienermobile for a day. The auction winner also gets an Oscar Mayer-catered cook out for 50 people, and the proceeds will go to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization. This offer might be something for fanatics to consider; it’s not everyday that one gets the opportunity to ride “shotbun” in the Wienermobile.

Weiner dog race

Buda, Texas, presents a different option for wiener-enthusiasts: Riverfest’s Running of the Dogs Weiner Dog Races. This year’s event, which included 70 dachshund competitors, was the eighth annual race, according to The Daily Times. Event organizers insist that even though not all the dogs walked away with a prize, everyone who participated was a “wiener.”