It was nearly two o'clock by the time we took a lunch break. Several of us went to Dion's for sandwiches or pizza, and we were all ecstatic to see this bit of Americana in the parking lot, near the entrance to Smith's Supermarket. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile driver was inviting people to step up and explore the Wienermobile's inner sanctum. I did not go inside, but did poke my head in for a quick look-see.
In front of the vehicle was a sign with some interesting Wienermobie facts. I'll share a few.
- The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is 24 hot dogs high, 60 hot dogs long, 18 hot dogs wide and 140,500 hot dogs in weight (translation: 11 ft. high, 27 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and 14,050 lbs).
- It is described as a "grilled fiberglass hot dog resting on a lightly toasted fiberglass bun."
- It is a converted Chevy that runs on "high-octane mustard."
- It has a hot dog shaped dashboard, a removable "bunroof", six mustard and ketchup colored seats, blue sky ceiling art and an official Wiener Jingle Horn.
- Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, designed the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in 1936.
- The Wienerwhistle (see photo below) was developed in 1952 and was included in packages of Oscar Mayer wieners in 1958. I don't remember getting one then, but I got mine today. Tweeeeeeeeeet!
And, yes, it's been running through my head all day . . .
Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,
That is what I'd really like to be,
'Cuz if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
Everyone would be in love with me!