Speaking of items that people cannot live without, whoever invented the hot dog (or “tube-steak” for those on the other side of the tracks) was an absolutely brilliant person. Think of this: How many children would not eat any food at all if it weren’t for the hot dog? Aside from the nutritional value of the hot dog, it is also an easy word to say as a child; two syllables, both consisting of words that already exist in a child’s vocabulary. My children are brilliant but they still have a difficult time with pronouncing their other two favorite foods: spaghetti and macaroni. Good thing we have hot dogs!