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The Wednesday Slice question

Whenever I see someone in a store studying the list of ingredients on a package of hot dogs, I always want to say…

“I think they use code words now for snouts, hair and hooves.”

What did it take for you to feel OK about hot dogs again after we learned years ago what used to go into them?

Sometimes there’s no follow-up question

Coming to work this morning, I found myself thinking of things I should have mentioned in an upcoming column about backyard grilling.

And my mind flashed back to a time when I was part of a small group of reporters interviewing Ralph Nader before a speaking appearance on a college campus.

This was quite some time before the consumer advocate began siphoning progressive votes from Democratic presidential candidates.

Anyway, someone asked him if he ever ate hot dogs.

Nader didn't have to pause before answering.

“Hot dogs are garbage. Why would I eat garbage?”

Next question. 

Hot dogs: Pros and cons

Pro: Quite possibly the most fun-to-eat food there is.

Con: Lingering suspicions about just what's in them besides high-protein snouts and cartilage.

Pro: A summer without hot dogs would be like a season without mystery meat.

Con: See above.

Pro: It's fun and tasty to load the bun and dog with a colorful heap of condiments and toppings.

Con: You just washed that blouse.

Pro: Sometimes, when the stars are aligned, they taste so good you almost want to laugh.

Con: “Daddy, where do hot dogs come from?”

Pro: Stunningly easy to cook.

Con: You've already had three and it's still the first inning.

Pro: They tend to be a hit with kids.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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