Nearly 7 Billion Hot Dogs Were Consumed this Summer
That's right, almost every person in the world could have enjoyed a hot dog this summer.
With Labor Day upon us, it's time to say goodbye to summer and start preparing for the fall. Although the actual fall season does not begin until September 22, Labor Day weekend has become the unofficial end to summer much like Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer.
These holiday as also the bookends of the hot dog season.
Summer is a time to grill, catch a ball game and, of course, consume some hot dogs. "Some" is a severe understatement. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, this is real life), Americans spent $2.4 billion on hot dogs in 2016. I'm willing to bet money that a billion dollars is easily spent on the summertime favorite each year.
To put that number into perspective, let's take a look at how many hot dogs are consumed.
WalletHub says that 818 hot dogs are eaten every second between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's 14 weeks. With 7 days in each week, that's 98 days total. With that in mind, the unofficial summer lasts for 2,352 hours. That's 141,120 minutes and ultimately 8,467,200.
If 818 hot dogs are consumed every second of summer's 8,467,200 seconds, then 6,926,169,600 hot dogs were eaten in summer 2018. Someone check my math on this. I'm pretty sure I got hungry halfway through and took a hot dog break...