CNN Falls For ‘World’s 1st Hot Dog’ Hoax

By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Business Insider

CNN Hot Dog Hoax NN aired a fascinating story about an ancient, 140-year-old hot dog found in Coney Island recently.

Organizers from the Coney Island History project put the “fossilized” hot dog and bun on display, saying that it was found while the city demolished Feltmans Kitchen, one of Astroland’s old eateries “where the first hot dog was made.” It froze into a block of ice, according to the CNN report.

But, whoops!

The whole thing was a publicity stunt “in the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo,” Tricia Vita, spokeswoman for the history project, wrote in a press release. More…