The celebration of National Sandwich Day on November 3rd, ignited a huge debate about hot dogs and whether or not they are sandwiches. The debate got so heated, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council got involved and ended the beef.

So, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council chimed in and said that a hot dog is NOT a sandwich. Here is the statement from council president Janet Riley:

Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ is like calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy.’ Perhaps at one time its importance could be limited by forcing it into a larger sandwich category (no disrespect to Reubens and others), but that time has passed," the council's president, Janet Riley, said in a statement. "We therefore choose to take a cue from a great performer and declare our namesake be a 'hot dog formerly known as a sandwich.

This means the hot dog used to be known as a sandwich, but isn't any longer. The hot dog has evolved!

According to Newsweek, in the late 1800's, a hot dog was referred to as a, 'Coney Island sandwich' and 'Frankfurter sandwich.'

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There you have it! A hot dog is NOT a sandwich.

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